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"The hymn anthem Built on
a Rock was written for the consecration of the Norwegian
Seaman's Church in New York City. It is a highly effective, sturdy
piece, appropriate for any justice-oriented proper or liturgy."
-AAM Journal, September 1996
stately and majestic setting of a familiar text to some, but
one that should be known to all. Wyton has used the tune KIRKEN,
with which the hymn is most often sung, and given us a wonderful
accompaniment to mostly unison singing.
Built on a rock the Church shall stand,
even when steeples are falling;
crumbled have spires in every land,
bells still are chiming and calling
calling the young and old to rest,
calling the souls of those distressed,
longing for life everlasting.
Not in our temples made with hands
God, the Almighty, is dwelling;
high in the heavenes his temple stands,
all earthly temples excelling.
Yet he who dwells in heaven above
deigns to abide with us in love,
making our bodies his temple.
We are God's house of living stones,
built for his own habitation;
he fills our hearts, his humble thrones,
granting us life and salvation.
Were two or three to seek his face,
he in their midst would show his grace,
blessings upon them bestowing.
Yet in this house, an earthly frame,
Jesus the children is blessing;
hither we come to praise his name,
faith in our Savior confessing.
Jesus to us his Spirit sent,
making with us his covenant,
granting his children the kingdom.
Through all the passing years, O Lord,
grant that, when church bells are ringing,
many may come to hear God's Word
where he this promise is bringing:
I know my own know me;
you, not the world, my face shall see;
my peace I leave with you, Amen.
Text: Nikolai Grundtvig, 1837; tr. Carl Doving,