Scripture Verse

Christ is the head of the church. Ephesians 5:23

Introduction

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Hezekiah Butterworth
1839–1905

Words: He­ze­ki­ah But­ter­worth, 1880.

Music: Rennes George F. Root, from his can­ta­ta Un­der the Palms, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Root
1820–1895

Lyrics

O Church of Christ, our blest abode,
Celestial grace is thine;
Thou art the dwell­ing place of God,
The gate of joys di­vine.

Refrain

Where’er for me the sun may set,
Wherever I may dwell,
My heart shall ne­ver more for­get
Thy courts, Im­ma­nu­el.

O Church of Christ, O Church of Christ,
I came to thee for rest,
And found it more than earth­ly peace,
To be Im­ma­nu­el’s guest.

Refrain

Whene’er I come to thee in joy,
Whene’er I come in tears,
Still at the gate called Beau­ti­ful,
My ris­en Lord ap­pears.

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