Hymnal Project

581 ~ When the Church of Jesus



1

When the church of Jesus
Shuts its outer door,
Lest the roar of traffic
Drown the voice of prayer:
May our prayers, Lord, make us
Ten times more aware
That the world banish
Is our Christian care.


2

If our hearts are lifted
Where devotion soars
High above this hungry
Suffering world of ours;
Lest our hymns should drug us
To forget its needs,
Forge our Christian worship
Into Christian deeds.


3

Lest the gifts we offer,
Money, talents, time,
Serve to salve our conscience
To our secret shame;
Lord, reprove, inspire us
By the way you give;
Teach us, dying Savior,
How true Christians live.