1. We are called to stand together
With the saints of ages past,
With the patriarchs and prophets
In the faith they once held fast;
Promises and hopes they treasured
Now we find fulfilled at last!
2. Those whom Jesus called apostles
Journeyed with Him side by side,
Heard His teaching, felt His power
Saw the way He lived and died;
Then the news of resurrection
They delivered far and wide.
3. Through the intervening ages
Round the world the Gospel spread:
Faithful heralds took the message,
Guided where the Spirit led;
So the body grew in stature,
Serving Christ, the living head.
4. Now to many tongues and cultures
Songs of celebration ring;
Millions who confess our Savior
Honor Him as Lord and King
And for courage, grace and guidance
Ev'ry day their prayers they bring.
5. To each coming generation
Tell the truth, persuade, explain,
Till the time when time is ended,
Till the Savior comes again--
Till the saints are all united
Under Christ's eternal reign!
"We Are Called to Stand Together" is hymn #828 in Lutheran Service Book. There it is wed to Henry Gerike's strong tune ASCENDED TRIUMPH.
Martin Leckebusch was born in Leicester, Great Britain, in 1962 and educated at Oriel College, Oxford and Brunel University. He and his wife Jane have four daughters; their second child, a son, died in 1995. Since 1987 he has written nearly 400 hymn texts, of which around half have so far been published by Kevin Mayhew.