I bought a copy of Messenger Hymns 2 by Matt Boswell.
Listening to the final track, O Church Of Christ, Invincible I was thinking ‘That’s got a familiar Townend/Getty sort of feel’.
It’s co-written by Boswell and Townend and features on Stuart Townend‘s Paths Of Grace LP as well.
The first line title may be a little offputting and for those sensitive to triumphalism. But have a listen and see how well it contextualises.
O Church of Christ, invincible,
The people of the Lord,
Empowered by the Spirit’s breath
And nourished by his word.
His covenant of grace will be
Our portion evermore,
For He who called us will not change,
Our help and our reward.
O chosen people called by grace,
The sons of Abraham,
Who walk by faith and things unseen,
And on His promise stand,
That every nation of the earth
Will hear about this love
That causes broken hearts to heal
And pays our debts with blood.
O Church of Christ in sorrow now,
Where evil lies in wait;
When trials and persecutions come
This light will never fade.
For though the hordes of hell may rage,
Their power will not endure;
Our times are in the Father’s hand,
Our anchor is secure.
O Church of Christ, upon that day
When all are gathered in,
When every tear is wiped away
With every trace of sin;
Where justice, truth and beauty shine,
And death is passed away,
Where God and man will dwell as one
For all eternity.
Matt Boswell & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2014 Modern Hymnal Digital/Modern Hymnal Publishing & Townend Music
Here’s Townend’s version.