Communion with Christ and with Saints

Jesus invites His saints

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 242 hymnals

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1 Jesus invites his saints
to meet around his board;
here pardoned rebels sit, and hold
communion with their Lord.

2 For food he gives his flesh,
calls us to drink his blood;
amazing favour, matchless grace
of our descending God!

3 Our heavenly father calls
Christ and his members one:
we the young children of his love,
and he the first-born Son.

4 We are but several parts
of the same broken bread;
our body hath its several limbs,
but Jesus is the head.

5 Let all our powers be joined
his glorious name to raise;
pleasure and love fill every mind
and every voice be praise.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #505

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus invites His saints
Title: Communion with Christ and with Saints
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



SCHUMANN (51567)

SCHUMANN is one of many hymn tunes arranged by Lowell Mason (PHH 96). He first published the arrangement in Cantica Laudis (1850), a collection he edited with George J. Webb (PHH 559). First called WHITE, the tune was marked "Arr. from Schumann" and was thus ascribed to the German composer Robert A.…

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DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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