O God, the Eternal Father



  1. 1. O God, th’Eternal Father,

    Who dwells amid the sky,

    In Jesus’ name we ask thee

    To bless and sanctify,

    If we are pure before thee,

    This bread and cup of wine,

    That we may all remember

    That offering divine—

  2. 2. That sacred, holy off’ring,

    By man least understood,

    To have our sins remitted

    And take his flesh and blood,

    That we may ever witness

    The suff’ring of thy Son,

    And always have his Spirit

    To make our hearts as one.

  3. 3. When Jesus, the Anointed,

    Descended from above

    And gave himself a ransom

    To win our souls with love—

    With no apparent beauty,

    That man should him desire—

    He was the promised Savior,

    To purify with fire.

  4. 4. How infinite that wisdom,

    The plan of holiness,

    That made salvation perfect

    And veiled the Lord in flesh,

    To walk upon his footstool

    And be like man, almost,

    In his exalted station,

    And die, or all was lost.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872

Music: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809–1847