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Give Thanks to God, the Father

Composer Jacobus Kloppers Text James Quinn
Voicing SATB, organ, cong., trumpet
Topics Praise, Thanksgiving
Scripture references Ephesians 1:3-14
Length 4' 00" Price $1.30 (U.S.) Released 2/95
Catalog no. 241-198 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Reviews
"This concertato features a strong Lutheran chorale melody (DU MEINE SEELE SINGE) used for a versification of Ephesians 1:3-14 by James Quinn, S.J. Trumpet part and congregational page included." Cross Accent, January 1996

Description A concertato setting of James Quinn's paraphrase of Ephesians 1 using the 17th century tune DU MEINE SEELE SINGE. Congregational part is included to photocopy in worship program.

Text
Give thanks to God, the Father
of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
for all the Spirit's blessings,
come down from heaven in Christ.
Before the world was founded,
God chose us in his Son
to be his holy people,
unblemished, full of love.

He chose us as his children
through Jesus Christ, his Son,
that all might praise the glory
of God's great gift of grace.
What favor he has shown us
in his beloved Son,
whose blood has won our freedom,
the pardon of our sins.

How rich the grace God gives us,
how gracious wisdom's gift:
in Christ his loving purpose
is now at last revealed.
When time would reach its fullness,
God planned to make all one
all things on earth, in heaven
in Christ, their only head.

In Christ the Father made us
a people set apart,
that all might praise the glory
revealed to us in Christ.
In Christ you too have listened
to God's good news of truth,
the gospel of salvation:
in Christ you have believed.

You too received the Spirit,
who marks you as his own,
the gift of God's own promise,
the first-fruits of his love.
The Spirit seals God's promise
in us who are the heirs
of everlasting glory:
to God be all the praise.

Ephesians 1:3-14; vers. James Quinn, S.J., 1980. From Resource Collection of Hymns and Service Music for the Liturgy, © 1981, International Commission on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

 

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