Father, I Adore You

Father, I adore you

Author: Terrye Coelho (1972)
Tune: MARANATHA (Coelho)
Communion Songs
Published in 31 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Terrye Coelho

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“Father, I Adore You” is one of the more enduring praise choruses of the latter part of the twentieth century, partly because it's a humble and simple text and partly because it’s enjoyable to sing as a round. The text expresses praise, subjection, and love to the triune God. Out of the oral tradition in which choruses like this one prevail, the song's trinitarian text has prompted an additional, concluding stanza: “Three-in-One, I adore you.” Some hymnals use the plural form, "Father, we adore you."

Terrye Coelho (b. Camp Roberts, CA, 1952) states that she composed both text and tune for this hymn in 1972 "while driving a car and worshiping God." The song was first performed, published, and recorded at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California, in 1972. In 1971 Coelho was converted to Christianity, joined Calvary Chapel, and became a singer for Maranatha! Music. Educated at Arizona State University and at a medical assistant's program in Anaheim, California, Coelho is a songwriter and homemaker. She has written many lyrics, most of which are unpublished.

Liturgical Use:
Offering of gifts; adult baptism; profession of faith; ordination; commissioning; Lord's Supper; many other occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



The tune title MARANATHA is an Aramaic expression meaning "Come, O Lord!" or "Our Lord has come." "Maranatha!" became an acclamation in the early church (see 1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:20) and is also part of the name of the Christian music publisher Maranatha! Music, which began as a ministry of Calvary…

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Instances (1 - 28 of 28)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #330
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #351
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #274
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #256
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #566
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #4
Church Family Worship #191
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #568
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #169
Complete Mission Praise #139
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #244
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #s.05
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #176
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #336
Moravian Book of Worship #388
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #45Audio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #284Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice Hymns #6
Sing Joyfully #48
Sing the Faith #2038
Songs for Life #28
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #191
The Faith We Sing #2038
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #265
The Worshiping Church #4
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #716
Worship and Rejoice #143
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #225
Include 3 pre-1979 instances