Opening

Mother Emanuel Church Steeple, photograph by Brandon Coffey, June 29, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina.

Mother Emanuel Church Steeple, photograph by Brandon Coffey, June 29, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina.

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. 

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. 

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. 

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.


"My Hope is Built on Nothing Less," written by Edward Mote, 1834. Opening hymn sung at the Morris Brown AME Church Community Prayer Vigil on June 18, 2015, the morning after the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church.