1. We’re thankful for the family—the family of God.
Come join with us to worship Him and sound His praise abroad.
There’s freedom in His love, to share our joys and burdens, too.
And there’s a special place within the family for you.
2. O Lord, unite us now as one, to magnify Your Name;
To praise You for Your faithfulness, eternally the same:
We bless the light of saving grace shed on us from above,
By which we are a family—Your family of love.
Born: 1941, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Cottrill attended Ontario Bible College, the University of Windsor, and Briercrest Biblical Seminary. He served in pastorates in Ontario, with the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada for 17 years, and taught Bible, music and other subjects in the college classroom in western Canada. He now lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. As a long time student of hymnology, he contributed a considerable amount of background information for the Cyber Hymnal™. His father is Edward Cottrill.
--www.hymntime.com/tch/ Go to person page >
Cottrill was serving Grace Church in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, in the area of Christian education and music. The senior pastor used to have the congregation sing the chorus of the song I'm Glad I'm a Part of the Family of God. One day, seeking variety, he asked, Bob, could you write us something on the same theme that we could use? This hymn is the result.