The Gifts Christ Freely Gives – LSB 602 (Crucified Conference – 2014 WI)

Rejoice in God’s gift of hymnody, recorded at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the 2014 Higher Things youth conferences.

1 The gifts Christ freely gives
He gives to you and me
To be His Church, His bride,
His chosen, saved and free!
Saints blest with these rich gifts
Are children who proclaim
That they were won by Christ
And cling to His strong name.

2 The gifts flow from the font
Where He calls us His own;
New life He gives that makes
Us His and His alone.
Here He forgives our sins
With water and His Word;
The triune God Himself
Gives pow’r to call Him Lord.

3 The gifts of grace and peace
From absolution flow;
The pastor’s words are Christ’s
For us to trust and know.
Forgiveness that we need
Is granted to us there;
The Lord of mercy sends
Us forth in His blest care.

4 The gifts are there each day
The holy Word is read;
God’s children listen, hear,
Receive, and they are fed.
Christ fills them with Himself,
Blest words that give them life,
Restoring and refreshing
Them for this world’s strife.

5 The gifts are in the feast,
Gifts far more than we see;
Beneath the bread and wine
Is food from Calvary.
The body and the blood
Remove our ev’ry sin;
We leave His presence in
His peace, renewed again.

6 All glory to the One
Who lavishes such love;
The triune God in love
Assures our life above.
His means of grace for us
Are gifts He loves to give;
All thanks and praise for His
Great love by which we live!

Title: The Gifts Christ Freely Gives
Author: Richard C. Resch, b. 1947
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-7; 1 John 5:6-8
Tune: DENBY
Composer: Charles J. Dale
Copyright: © 2001 Richard C. Resch, Permission granted to Higher Things for public use.

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