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The Family of God

Author: Gloria Gaither; William J. Gaither Meter: Irregular Appears in 8 hymnals First Line: I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God Lyrics: I'm a part of the family of God - I've ... Topics: Choruses Scripture and Praise; Church Fellowship of Believers (Unity) Used With Tune: FAMILY OF GOD

Would You Bless Our Homes and Families

Author: Walter Farquharson Meter: D Appears in 5 hymnals Lyrics: bless our homes and families, Source of life ... Topics: The Church at Worship Special Days, Seasons, Occasions: Home and Families; Family Used With Tune: AITKIN

God Who Makes Us All One Family

Author: Richard Buckwalter Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: God, who makes us all one family


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Composer: William J. Gaither Meter: Irregular Appears in 14 hymnals Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 55555 53332 16222 Used With Text: The Family of God
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[Most kind and righteous is the Lord]

Composer: Wm. B. Bradbury Appears in 365 hymnals Incipit: 53215 64465 33213 Used With Text: I Love the Lord
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Composer: William B. Bradbury Meter: with refrain Appears in 246 hymnals Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 53323 55661 66555 Used With Text: Jesus Loves Me, This I Know


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The Family of God

Author: William J. Gaither; Gloria Gaither Hymnal: Sing Joyfully #128 (1989) First Line: You will notice we say "brother and sister' 'round here Refrain First Line: I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God Lyrics: I'm a part of the family of God-- I've ... Topics: Church Fellowship and Unity; Comfort; Encouragement; Testimony; Unity Languages: English Tune Title: [I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God]

There's Four in Our Family

Author: Seth Parker Hymnal: Seth Parker's Hymnal #58 (1930) First Line: For there's four in our family Lyrics: there's four in our family, Mother and Daddy ... Languages: English Tune Title: [For there's four in our family]

The Family of God

Author: Gloria Gaither; William J. Gaither Hymnal: The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #282 (1986) Meter: Irregular First Line: I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God Lyrics: I'm a part of the family of God - I've ... Topics: Choruses Scripture and Praise; Church Fellowship of Believers (Unity) Tune Title: FAMILY OF GOD


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John L. Bell

b. 1949 Person Name: JLB Composer of "THE FAMILY" in Love + Anger John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditions of hymnody that found began to address concerns missing from the current Scottish hymnal: "I discovered that seldom did our hymns represent the plight of poor people to God. There was nothing that dealt with unemployment, nothing that dealt with living in a multicultural society and feeling disenfranchised. There was nothing about child abuse…,that reflected concern for the developing world, nothing that helped see ourselves as brothers and sisters to those who are suffering from poverty or persecution." [from an interview in Reformed Worship (March 1993)] That concern not only led to writing many songs, but increasingly to introducing them internationally in many conferences, while also gathering songs from around the world. He was convener for the fourth edition of the Church of Scotland’s Church Hymnary (2005), a very different collection from the previous 1973 edition. His books, The Singing Thing and The Singing Thing Too, as well as the many collections of songs and worship resources produced by John Bell—some together with other members of the Iona Community’s “Wild Goose Resource Group,” are available in North America from GIA Publications. Emily Brink

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

b. 1961 Author of "God, We Have Come from Our Families and Homes" in Songs of Grace

Rory Cooney

b. 1952 Person Name: Rory Cooney, b. 1952 Author of "Faithful Family" in Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.)


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Hymns for the Family of God

Publication Date: 1976 Publisher: Paragon Associates, Inc. Publication Place: Nashville, Tenn. Editors: Fred Bock

Family Hymns

Publication Date: 1831 Publisher: The American Tract Society Publication Place: New York, N.Y. Editors: The American Tract Society

Songs of Jesus

Publication Date: 1891 Publisher: DeMoss Family Publication Place: Philadelphia, Penn. Editors: James M. DeMoss; DeMoss Family


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