Old Rugged Cross

© Photographed October 8, 2017
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
44° 49.746′ N, 87° 23.346′ W

Most popular
and widely accepted
Christian hymn
completed by Rev. George Bennard
during Evangelistic meetings here
Dec. 29, 1912 - Jan. 12, 1913

First sung as a quartet
in the Friends Church Parlors
and as a duet at the last service
from penciled words and notes

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
The marker is located on westbound West Maple Street, on the property of Friends Community Church, on the northwest corner of the intersection of West Maple Street and North Kendall Avenue, at 204 West Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235.

Conflicting claims of ownership by Michigan State markers:

 The marker is affixed to the base of the cross.

The Bible at the base of the cross.

 The marker is affixed to the cross visible to the left.

The marker is located at Friends Community Church
in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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