"The Church" - a Bonhoeffer poem

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In News & Notes
Tagged Dietrich Bonhoeffer
December 07, 2011 @ 9:55 PM

"The Church"

No human being builds the church;
only Christ alone.
Anyone who wants to build the church
is already engaged in a work of destruction.
Such a person will build a temple for idols,
unintentionally and in ignorance.
We shall bear witness - he will build.
We shall preach - he will build.
We shall pray to him - he will build.
Christ gives his church
a great comfort:
You - confess, preach and bear witness about me.
I - will alone build it as it pleases me.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, translated by Peter Frick
from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer (Liturgical Press, 2010)