Father, I Adore You

Father, I adore you

Author: Terrye Coelho (1972)
Tune: MARANATHA (Coelho)
Communion Songs
CCLI Number: 26557
Published in 45 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI
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Author: Terrye Coelho

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“Father, I Adore You” is one of the more enduring praise choruses of the latter part of the twentieth century, partly because it's a humble and simple text and partly because it’s enjoyable to sing as a round. The text expresses praise, subjection, and love to the triune God. Out of the oral tradition in which choruses like this one prevail, the song's trinitarian text has prompted an additional, concluding stanza: “Three-in-One, I adore you.” Some hymnals use the plural form, "Father, we adore you."

Terrye Coelho (b. Camp Roberts, CA, 1952) states that she composed both text and tune for this hymn in 1972 "while driving a car and worshiping God." The song was first performed, published, and recorded at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California, in 1972. In 1971 Coelho was converted to Christianity, joined Calvary Chapel, and became a singer for Maranatha! Music. Educated at Arizona State University and at a medical assistant's program in Anaheim, California, Coelho is a songwriter and homemaker. She has written many lyrics, most of which are unpublished.

Liturgical Use:
Offering of gifts; adult baptism; profession of faith; ordination; commissioning; Lord's Supper; many other occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



The tune title MARANATHA is an Aramaic expression meaning "Come, O Lord!" or "Our Lord has come." "Maranatha!" became an acclamation in the early church (see 1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:20) and is also part of the name of the Christian music publisher Maranatha! Music, which began as a ministry of Calvary…

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Instances (1 - 40 of 40)

African American Heritage Hymnal #330

Ambassador Hymnal #351

Ancient and Modern #274

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #176

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #256

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #566

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #4

Church Family Worship #191

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #568

Common Praise #297

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #166

Complete Mission Praise #139

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #244

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #S.5

Hymns of the Christian Life #601

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #336

Moravian Book of Worship #388

One and All Rejoice #232

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #356

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #850


Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #45

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #284

Rejoice Hymns #6

Santo, Santo, Santo #587

Sing Joyfully #48

Sing the Faith #2038

Songs for Life #28

Songs of Fellowship #99

The Book of Praise #292

The Celebration Hymnal #191


The Faith We Sing #2038

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #265

The Worshiping Church #4

Together in Song #716

Total Praise #325


With Heart and Voice #51

Worship and Rejoice #143

Worship His Majesty #34

Yes, Lord! #26

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #225

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