Title: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
Composer: Henry Purcell, ca. 1680
Author: Ernest Hawkins, 1842;John Mason Neale, 1851
Scripture: Ephesians 2:20-22 1 Peter 2:4-7
Theme: Church: Anniversaries;Church: Anniversaries;Church: Community in Christ;Church: Dedication of a Building;Church: Education;Opening Hymns;Processionals;Service Music: Doxology;The Glory of the Triune God: Praise and Thanksgiving;The Nature of the Church: United in Christ
1. Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone; chosen of the Lord and precious, binding all the church in one; holy Zion's help forever, and her confidence alone. 2. To this temple, where we call thee, come, O Lord of Hosts, today! With thy faithful loving-kindness hear thy people as they pray, and thy fullest benediction shed within its walls alway. 3. Here vouchsafe to all thy servants what they ask of thee to gain; what they gain from thee forever with the blessed to retain, and hereafter in thy glory evermore with thee to reign. 4. Laud and honor to the Father, laud and honor to the Son, laud and honor to the Spirit, ever three and ever one; one in might and one in glory, while unending ages run.