Christ the Head of the Church. Eph. 4. 15, 16; 5. 23
C. Wesley 7.7.4.
Head of the Church triumphant,
We joyfully adore thee;
Till thou appear, thy members here
Shall thirst for greater glory.
We lift our hearts and voices,
With blest anticipation;
And cry aloud, and give to God
The praise of our salvation.
While in affliction’s furnace,
And passing through the fire,
Thy love we praise, which tries our ways,
And ever brings us higher.
We lift our hands, exulting
In thy almighty favour;
The love divine which made us thine
Shall keep us thine for ever.
Thou dost conduct thy people
Through torrents of temptation;
Nor will we fear, while thou art near,
The fire of tribulation.
[The world, with sin and Satan,
In vain our march opposes,
By thee we shall break through them all,
And sing the song of Moses.]
By faith we see the glory
To which thou shalt restore us,
The world despise for that high prize
Which thou hast set before us.
And if thou count us worthy,
We each, as dying Stephen,
Shall see thee stand at God’s right hand,
To take us up to heaven.