“Open Wide the Chapel Doors”
A hymn for the 175th anniversary of Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne
Open wide the chapel doors,
Call the saints in from the dark.
Though the world against them wars,
Two by two they fill the ark
Seeking refuge from their sin.
Christ in mercy shuts them in.
Pump the bellows, ring the bell,
Warm the nave with songs of praise.
Let the Word of Christ indwell,
Sanctify these forty days.
Waves may crest and clouds may swarm,
Christ in mercy calms the storm.
Gather near redemption’s helm,
Infants, children, women, men.
Jesus calls you to His realm
Bidding all be born again,
Baptized at the font of grace.
Christ in mercy saves our race.
Take and eat amidst the flood
Jesus’ body glorified.
Take and drink His precious blood
Shed when He was crucified.
Till the rolling deep subsides,
Christ in mercy here abides.
Hear the Lord His people bless,
Keeping them in perfect peace.
By His grace the seas regress,
Tempests still, and worries cease.
In God’s countenance reside,
Christ in mercy turns the tide.
Raise a banner, fly it high;
Shout for joy, make known His deeds.
See God’s rainbow in the sky?
For our good He intercedes,
Sets our feet on solid ground.
Mercies new in Christ abound.
Text: Katie Schuermann
TUNE: FRED TIL BOD
Scripture references: Genesis 7-9; Colossians 3:16; Luke 8:22-25; John 3:3-6; Matthew 26:26-28; Numbers 6:24-26; Isaiah 12:4; Lamentations 3:21-23