Thursday, February 02, 2012

Christian Hearts in Love United

Last night we learned a hymn by the Moravian leader Nicolaus von Zinzendorf - a sincere expression of our union with one another in Christ. This is a good hymn to sing and to pray about our church. Here is one version of it from

Christian hearts, in love united:
Seek alone in Jesus rest;
Has He not your love excited?
Then let love inspire each breast;
Members--on our Head depending,
Lights--reflecting Him, our Sun,
Brethren--His commands attending,
We in Him, our Lord, are one.

Come, then, come, O flock of Jesus,
Covenant with Him anew;
Unto Him Who conquered for us,
Pledge we love and service true.
And should our love's union holy
Firmly linked no more remain,
Wait ye at His footstool lowly,
Till He draw it close again.

O what boundless love did Jesus
To His enemies display;
May His holy pattern teach us,
How love ought to bear the sway.
O that we, His steps to follow,
'Midst affliction, scorn, and spite,
And His sacred Name to hallow,
Did each other more excite;

Then the souls He joined together
Will, according to His prayer,
Be accepted of His Father,
And His kind protection share:
As Thou art with Him united,
Lord, may we be one in Thee,
And, by genuine love excited,
Serve each other willingly.

Grant, Lord, that with Thy direction,
"Love each other" we comply,
Aiming with unfeigned affection,
Thy love to exemplify.
Let our mutual love be glowing;
Thus with all men plainly see,
That we, as on one stem growing,
Living branches are in Thee.

O that such may be our union,
As Thine with the Father is,
And not one of our communion
E'er forsake the path of bliss:
May our light'fore men with brightness,
From Thy light reflected, shine;
Thus the world will bear us witness,
That we, Lord, are truly Thine.

Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd. ed., revised and enlarged, 1896

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