1 Extol the love of Christ, ye saints,
And sing His wondrous worth,
Whose love, like God, eternal is
In heaven and on earth.
From God He brought His blessing rare;
To God He did ascend;
And constant in His heav'nly love
He loved unto the end.
2 Extol the love which sought to show
The Father’s boundless grace;
The Son, from Father’s bosom come,—
Beheld the Father’s face:—
In servile garments clothed upon,
With humble service meet,
The Master loved as none could love
and washed His servants' feet.
3 The Lord and Master humbly served
To glorify the meek;
His heav'nly glory shared with those
Who would His favor seek.
Lord, teach Thy saints in Thee to know
The fullness of Thy love,
The fellowship Thy service taught,
Thy glory, bright, above.
4 Let poor, vain man example take
And from his pride repent;
For Christ far greater is than man,
Or servant that is sent.
Example, worthy, Christ has giv'n,
And happy shall they be
Who wash each other’s feet, and love
As deep and true as He.
Born: June 11, 1872, Dale Enterprise, Rockingham County, Virginia.
Died: June 28, 1954, Vineland, Ontario, Canada.
Buried: First Mennonite Church, Vineland, Ontario, Canada.
Coffman spent most of his school years in Elkhart County, Indiana, where his family had moved in 1879. He graduated from the Elkhart High School in 1890, and attended the Moody Bible Institute (1894-95 and for six months in 1897-98). From 1890-94, he worked for the Mennonite Publishing Company in Elkhart. He was converted at meetings held in Elkhart by his father, and was baptized on May 26, 1888. He was elected superintendent of the Elkhart Mennonite S… Go to person page >
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