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Extol the love of Christ, ye saints

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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.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #466

Author: Samuel Frederick Coffman

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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Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Christian Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs Suitable for Use in Public Worship #d96

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #325

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #d117

Spiritual Songs and Hymns, for Use in All Gospel Services #d102


The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #466

The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #467

The Mennonite Hymnal #410

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