Scripture Verse

Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3


Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 346: Com­mun­ion with God and Christ.

Music: State Street Jo­na­than C. Wood­man, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wood­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Philip Doddridge


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

God pities all my griefs;
He pardons every day;
Almighty to protect my soul,
And wise to guide my way.

How large His bounties are!
What various stores of good,
Diffused from my Redeemer’s hand,
And purchased with His blood!

Jesus, my living head,
I bless Thy faithful care;
Mine advocate before the throne,
And my forerunner there.

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