Hymns

You, you are Christ the Lord (Baptism or Communion)

This four-verse hymn has two options for the second stanza – one for use at Baptismal services, and the other for use at Communion. The first and third stanzas are based upon William Walsham How’s hymn text “Thou art the Christ, O Lord“.

1.
You, you are Christ the Lord,
Son of the living God!
In ev’ry place adored
where human feet have trod:
for in this name, though flesh may fail,
God’s power is known, and shall prevail.

2a. At Baptism
Joined in a holy vow,
sealed by the water poured:
we are your people now,
Jesus our risen Lord.
O keep and guide us by your hand;
give strength to follow your command.

2b. At Communion
Known in the broken bread,
tasted in wine outpoured:
you, you are Christ our Head,
you are the Servant Lord.
As we are fed here by your hand,
give strength to follow your command.

3.
Steadfast and joyful faith;
love that can cast out fear;
courage in life or death,
knowing that you are near:
by these, preserve us lest we fall,
and keep us open to your call.

4.
Glory to God now sing –
Maker of all who live.
Glory to Christ our King,
and to the Spirit give.
Glory to God who was before,
is now, and shall be evermore!

Suggested Tune: Little Cornard

Scripture Reference: Matthew 16.13-20

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