Great God of Every Blessing

Author: David Gambrell

Rev. David Gambrell is associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship and editor of Call to Worship, and an ex officio advisor to the hymnal committee. Education: Ph.D., liturgical studies Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Go to person page >

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First Line: Great God of every blessing
Title: Great God of Every Blessing
Author: David Gambrell (2009)
Meter: D
Publication Date: 2013
Copyright: © 2011 David Gambrell (admin. Presbyterian Publishing Corp.)


Written for the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, this text sums up his liturgical theology, ending each stanza with his motto: Cor meum tibi offero, Domine, prompte et sincere. By moving from plural to singular the stanzas show how corporate faith becomes personal piety.



Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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