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325a. The church of God a kingdom is

1 The church of God a kingdom is,
where Christ in power doth reign;
where spirits yearn till, seen in bliss,
their Lord shall come again.

2 Glad companies of saints possess
this church below, above;
and God’s perpetual calm doth bless
their paradise of love.

3 An altar stands within the shrine
whereon, once sacrificed,
is set, immaculate, divine,
the Lamb of God, the Christ.

4 There rich and poor, from countless lands,
praise God on mystic rood;
there nations reach forth holy hands
to take God’s holy food.

5 There pure life-giving streams o’erflow
the sower’s garden-ground;
and faith and hope fair blossoms show,
and fruits of love abound.

6 O King, O Christ, this endless grace
to us and all men bring,
to see the vision of thy face
in joy, O Christ, our King.

Text Information
First Line: The church of God a kingdom is
Author: L. B. C. L. Muirhead, 1845-1925
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Holy Communion; Proper 16: Year B
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas Clark, 1775-1859
Harmonizer: Martin Shaw, 1875-1958
Meter: CM
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: © Oxford University Press

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