Sunday 28 January 2007

Eternal Father, almighty Father

A hymn by Kim Fabricius

(Tune: You are my sunshine)

Eternal Father, almighty Father,
you made the heavens and formed the earth;
you shaped all creatures
with wondrous features,
and in time brought Jesus to birth.

Eternal Jesus, incarnate Jesus,
the one who sits at the Father’s knee,
through human mother
became our brother,
lived and died for me, even me.

Eternal Spirit, life-giving Spirit,
love of the Father, love of the Son,
you live inside us
and safely guide us
through the church to worlds yet to come.

O Liberator, Son and Creator,
we worship you, Lord, in song and prayer;
your soul is gracious,
your heart is spacious,
in your joyful being we share.


Aric Clark said...

I read through the lyrics and thought it was really lovely and then I went up and looked at the tune you've set it to and I made me chuckle. Charming, though difficult to imagine singing it to a pipe organ with a straight face.

Derek Brown said...

Simple...but yet profound. Why can't contemporary "praise song" writers get this?

byron smith said...

Great work again, Kim - and inspired choice of tune. Though I've often wondered why Trinitarian hymns are nearly always four verses? Father, Son, Spirit, Trinity.

Anonymous said...

The theological truth indeed is profound giving it a popular simple tune is, in my opinion, good idea. The tune is very popular here in Asia and I guess my kids can sing it. Thanks!

Sharad Yadav said...

Wonderful. Thanks, Kim.

Patrick said...

That's great! Would you mind if I tried putting it to some original music? I'm an amateur musician, and lurker of this blog, and I've been wanting to try my hand at hymn composing. I'd make the music public domain if I do this.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick,

I return your "That's great!"

I am not a musician or composer, so all the hymns I write are set to known tunes. But the journal that publishes my hymns always invites readers to submit new tunes, and I can't think of a greater compliment than people taking up the offer. Thank you.

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