Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Hymn: TLH 477, st. 1-2: Lord Jesus, Thou the Church’s Head
1. Lord Jesus, Thou the Church’s Head, Thou art her one Foundation; In Thee she trusts, before Thee bows, And waits for Thy salvation. Built on this Rock secure, Thy Church shall endure E’en though the world decay And all things pass away. Oh, hear, oh, hear us, Jesus!
2. O Lord, let this Thy little flock, Thy name alone confessing, Continue in Thy loving care, True unity possessing. Thy Sacraments, O Lord, And Thy saving Word To us e’er pure retain. Grant that they may remain Our only strength and comfort.