How Great Is the Love of the Father

How great is the love of the Father

Versifier: Edna W. Sikkema (1986)
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI
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Versifier: Edna W. Sikkema

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Text Information

First Line: How great is the love of the Father
Title: How Great Is the Love of the Father
Versifier: Edna W. Sikkema (1986)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1987, Faith Alive Christian Resources


Scripture References:
st. 1 = 1 John 3:1
st. 2 = 1 John 3:1, 3
st. 3 = 1 John 3:2

In his first letter to early Christian believers, the apostle John writes an exposition on righteousness and love as essential requirements for Christian living. In the midst of this exposition we find I John 3: 1-3, a declaration of awe and praise for God's wondrous grace in making us his children. Based on this passage, "How Great Is the Love of the Father" describes how we become children of God (st. 1); how we should live as children of God (st. 2); and what we shall become in glory as children of God (st. 3).

Edna W. Sikkema (b. Grijpskerk, Groningen, the Netherlands, 1931; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1994) prepared this versification specifically for the tune ANNO DOMINI in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal. After working as a registered nurse, Sikkema graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids. She received her M.A. in 1965 from Ohio State University, and completed additional studies in Germany and the Netherlands. On the faculty of Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, and later Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, Sikkema taught German, Dutch, and linguistics. After 1975 she returned to a career in health care and in real estate.

Liturgical Use:
For baptism, as a funeral hymn, and for many points in the order of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



James C. Ward (PHH 56) originally composed ANNO DOMINI (1985) for the Psalter Hymnal versification of Psalm 11, but the Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee chose instead to use the tune as a setting for the versification of 1 John 3: 1-3–the childlike simplicity of this tender tune is just right for…

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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Lift Up Your Hearts #683

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #231

Sing With Me #180

Singing the New Testament #241

Songs for Life #59


With Heart and Voice #45

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