353. Father, Long Before Creation

1 Father, long before creation
thou hadst chosen us in love;
and that love, so deep, so moving,
draws us close to Christ above.
Still it keeps us, still it keeps us,
firmly fixed in Christ alone.

2 Though the world may change its fashion,
yet our God is e'er the same;
his compassion and his covenant
through all ages will remain.
God's own children, God's own children,
must forever praise his name.

3 God's compassion is my story,
is my boasting all the day;
mercy free and never failing
moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us,
that his only Son he gave.

4 Loving Father, now before thee
we shall ever sing thy love;
and our song will sound unceasing
till we reach our homw above,
giving glory, giving glory,
to our God and to the Lamb.

Text Information
First Line: Father, long before creation
Title: Father, Long Before Creation
Translator: Francis P. Jones (1953)
Author: Anonymous
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4 4.7
Scripture: John 3:16
Topic: God: Compassion
Source: Chinese hymn, c. 1952
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MILLER CHAPEL
Composer: David Hugh Jones (1955)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4 4.7
Key: C Major
Copyright: From The Hymnbook, copyright 1954 by John Ribble, renewed 1982, used by permission of Westminster Press.



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