May 16, 2011

New Hymn for Fathers' Day


Here’s a contemporary hymn text by Peter Ellis which might be suitable for Fathers’ Day.  If you have a CCLI license, you can use it legally.  (See below for tune suggestions.)

Lavish love, abundant beauty,
gracious gifts for heart and hand,
life that fills the soul and senses—
all burst forth at Your command.
Lord, our Lord, Eternal Father,
great Creator, God and Friend,
boundless pow’r gave full expression
to Your love which knows no end.

Who am I that You should love me,
meet my ev’ry need from birth?
Why invest Yourself so fully
in a creature made of earth?
In Your loving heart You planned me,
fashioned me with greatest care;
thru’ my soul You breathed Your Spirit,
planted Your own image there.

I am Yours, Eternal Father,
all my body, mind and heart.
take and use me to Your glory,
form Yourself in ev’ry part.
Lord, Your love brings joy and gladness
flowing forth within my soul.
May my very breath and being
rise to You, their source and goal.

— Peter Ellis
© 1986 WORD MUSIC (a div. of WORD, INC.)  CCLI 2286460

Tune suggestions. The meter is 8.7.8.7.D. so there are plenty of options.  You might try one of the following:

HARRIS (“All that thrills my soul is Jesus”)
HYFRYDOL (“Jesus, what a friend for sinners”)

For more worship resources for Fathers’ Day, click on Fathers’ Day resources in the list of “Labels” on the right side of the page.