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 (1702–1751)


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.