For All the Saints

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  • March 28, 2014

Bishop William Walsham How wrote the hymn For All the Saints in 1864 to the saints of the church. The word ‘saint’ is not used very often today, but Paul in his New Testament letters uses it pretty often to refer to Christians. In this song, we are reminded of the saints of ages past to whom we are connected to in Christ. How they were sustained in their faith, even through the most difficult of times, by God’s gracious hand. It offers us a picture of us saints today, commending us to fight well with our eyes towards our treasure, which is Christ himself. And it ends by presenting an image of all saints of all time gathered together – “From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” This Sunday as we consider what the resurrection means, may our hearts be overjoyed to sing of the glories that await all those who are in Christ. We’ll be singing this song for the first time this Sunday, so here’s a link to get yourself familiar. Lyrics are below.

FOR ALL THE SAINTS

1.     For all the saints, who from their labors rest
	Who thee by faith before the world confessed 
	Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest
	Alleluia, Alleluia! 

2.	Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might
	Thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight
	Thou in the darkness drear, their one true light
	Alleluia, Alleluia! 

3.	O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold 
	Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old 
	And win with them the victor's crown of gold 
	Alleluia, Alleluia! 

4.	O blest communion, fellowship divine
	We feebly struggle, they in glory shine 
	Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine 
	Alleluia, Alleluia! 

5.	And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long 
	Steals on the ear the distant triumph song
	And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong
	Alleluia, Alleluia! 

6.	From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast
	Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host 
	Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
	Alleluia, Alleluia!
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About Siby Varghese

Siby lives in Willow Grove, PA with his wife Stephanie and daughter Reagan. He serves as a pastor at Seven Mile Road Church. As a Philly native, it’s his deep hope to see the people of the city come to a knowledge of Christ. And for the Eagles to finally win a stinkin Super Bowl already!

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