Scripture Verse

Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4–5


Words & Mu­sic: How­ard S. Thurs­by, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Rich in mercy, hear the message
Full of blessings from above;
God is calling to the wayward
In the sweetest tones of love:
Rich in mercy, gracious accents,
Falling like a breath from Heav’n;
Souls are purchased with a ransom,
And the contrite are forgiv’n.


Rich in mercy, wondrous story,
Let us sing it once again;
Sweeter music to the weary,
Than the angels’ glad refrain.

Rich in mercy, dost thou hear it?
Lost one, weary, helpless, poor;
Wilt thou hasten to believe it?
And a Sav­ior’s love implore:
Are you needy? God has riches
Far beyond what we can know,
And the greatness of His glo­ry
Is not heard of here below.


Rich in mercy, loud pro­claim it!
May the heralds ne­ver cease
Until every soul led captive
Finds in Christ a sweet release;
Come, then, sinner, howe’er needy,
All thy wants to Je­sus bring;
There are riches, and there’s mercy,
In the presence of the King.