Scripture Verse

You are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

Introduction

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Robert E. W. Cottrill
1941–2019

Words: Ro­bert E. Cot­trill, cir­ca 1985.

Music: New­market Robert E. W. Cottrill, cir­ca 1985 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Cottrill was serv­ing Grace Church in New­mar­ket, On­tar­io, Ca­na­da, in the area of Chris­tian ed­u­ca­tion and mu­sic. The sen­ior pas­tor used to have the con­gre­ga­tion sing the cho­rus of the song I’m Glad I’m a Part of the Fa­mi­ly of God. One day, seek­ing va­ri­e­ty, he asked, Bob, could you write us some­thing on the same theme that we could use? This hymn is the result.

Lyrics

We’re thankful for the family—the family of God.
Come join with us to worship Him and sound His praise abroad.
There’s freedom in His love, to share our joys and burdens, too.
And there’s a special place within the family for you.

O Lord, unite us now as one, to magnify Your Name;
To praise You for Your faithfulness, eternally the same:
We bless the light of saving grace shed on us from above,
By which we are a family—Your family of love.