The legendary song that inspired it all.

Producer Benjamin Backus (King & Country) has reimagined the 1973 classic “The Church Triumphant”, originally written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, and created a new, inspiring soundtrack for this collective performance from some of Christian music’s most loved artists. 

 

The original song brought millions to their feet as they were reminded of God’s faithfulness irrespective of the circumstances of the day, or the whims of the age.  As the church gathers once again in sanctuaries and screens, the re-imagined anthem is a rallying cry of hope.

 

The song’s message is simple and profoundly meaningful for God’s people. No matter the circumstances, God’s church is alive and well.  

THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT / Lyrics

 

[CHORUS]

Let the Church be the Church!

Let the people rejoice!
For we’ve settled the question;
We’ve made our choice.
Let the anthems ring out, songs of victory swell,
For the Church triumphant is alive and well!

 

[VERSE]

This ship’s been through battles before,
Storms and tempests and rocks on the shore.
Though the hull may be battered,
Inside it’s safe and dry.
It will carry its cargo to the port in the sky.

 

[CHORUS]

Let the Church be the Church!

Let the people rejoice!
For we’ve settled the question;
We’ve made our choice.
Let the anthems ring out, songs of victory swell,
For the Church triumphant is alive and well!

 

NARRATION – SECTION ONE:

 

God has always had a people.  Many a foolish conqueror has made the mistake of thinking that because he had driven the Church of Jesus Christ out of sight, he had stilled its voice and snuffed out its life.  But God has always had a people.  The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow underground;  no, the purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has forced its way through solid rock!

 

There have been charlatans who, like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which cannot be bought or sold, but God has always had a people—men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purpose.  God has always had a people!

 

There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church’s message has been nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized, and financially profitable.  It has been gold-plated, draped in purple, and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, lauded, and scorned. These followers of Jesus Christ have been, according to the whim of the times, elevated as sacred leaders or martyred as heretics.

 

Yet, through it all, there marches on that powerful army of the meek, God’s chosen people, who cannot be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled!  On through the ages they march.  The Church, God’s Church triumphant, alive and well!

 

NARRATION – SECTION TWO:

 

Listen, child of God, it’s alive!
Discouraged pastor, it’s His Church, and it’s still alive!
Lonely missionary, sow that seed with confidence, the Church is still alive!
Old saint, you’re not alone and forgotten, the Church is still alive!
It’s alive, my brokenhearted friend, it’s still alive!
Busy mother, just keep trusting in Jesus, the church is alive!
You’re not alone out there young student serving the Lord, the Church is still alive!
Faithful father, there’s rest in the Lord; God’s church is still alive!
So, cynical skeptic, you have not killed God with your noisy unbelief, He’s still alive!

So Family of God, lift your hands and praise the Lord!

God’s Church, the Church triumphant, is alive—alive and well!!

 

Narration by Gloria Gaither to song “The Church Triumphant”  by Bill and Gloria Gaither

Ó1973 WJG

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