Our heavenly Father calls, And Christ invites us near

Our heavenly Father calls, And Christ invites us near

Author: Philip Doddridge
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1 Our heavenly Father calls,
And Christ invites us near;
With both our friendship shall be sweet,
And our communion dear.

2 God pities all our griefs;
He pardons every day;
Almighty to protect our souls
And wise to guide our way.

3 How large his bounties are!
What various stores of good
Diffused from our Redeemer's hand,
And purchased with his blood?

4 Jesus, our living head,
We bless thy faithful care;
Our advocate before the throne,
And our forerunner there.

5 Here fix, my roving heart!
Here wait, my warmest love!
'Till the communion be complete
In nobler scenes above.

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. 1st Ed., 1816

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our heavenly Father calls, And Christ invites us near
Author: Philip Doddridge
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

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Our heavenly Father calls. P. Doddridge. [Communion with God.] This hymn is in the Doddridge Manuscript (D.MSS.) but is undated. It was given without alteration, in Job Orton’s posthumous edition of Doddridge’s Hymns, &c., 1755, No. 346, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading, “Communion with God and Christ,” and again in J. D. Humphrey’s edition of the same, 1839. No. 372. It is in several hymn-books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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