The church of Christ cannot be bound

The church of Christ cannot be bound.  Adam Tice* (1979– ). This hymn was first published in the author’s collection Woven Into Harmony (2009). The first hymnal to include it was Celebrating Grace (2010). Selected additional hymnals include Lead Me, Guide Me, Second Edition (2012), Glory to God (2013), Total Praise (2011), and Voices Together (2020). This hymn text won the 2005 Macalester Plymouth United Church hymn-writing contest, which called for texts dealing with homelessness and poverty.  A quotation by the Mennonite leader Menno Simons (1496–1561) was the primary inspiration for writing the hymn. Simons’ 1539 statement, ‘Why do I not cease teaching and writing’, declared that the...

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