Hymn Text: Bless Christ Through Whom All Things Are Made

Christ creating. Fresco detail, Suchevitsa Monastery, Romania.

This hymn was born a decade ago during some quiet time spent with Colossians 1:15-18.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

I was blown away by the truth that all things are created and are held together through Christ, the Word made flesh. All things!

In this passage, the ongoing act of creation and the fullness of Trinity is found:
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer!

A few weeks ago I found out this text will be part of a new United Methodist worship resource entitled Worship and Song which will be published March 2011. Each lyric or liturgy I write feels like a gift. I am excited and thrilled that this gift will be shared with so many.

For a PDF of the hymn as it will appear in Worship and Song, click here
Bless Christ, Through Whom All Things are Made

Bless Christ Through Whom All Things Are Made
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia (© 2000, revised 2009)
a hymn text based on Col. 1:15-18
Meter 88.88 (LM)
Suggested Tune- POXON

Bless Christ through whom all things are made.
Join seen and unseen in their praise
of One who both creates, sustains
who goes before, in justice reigns.

Who makes the lion and the lamb
the farthest star, the smallest hand
dominions, rulers, and their pow’rs
the steadfast mount, the fleeting hours?

Who made the ore for blood soaked nails?
Who made the thorns and whipping tails?
Who made the sun that would not shine
and made the tree on which Christ died?

Who makes the waters of our birth?
Who makes the dust where we return?
Who makes the way for us to die
and rise to everlasting life?

Bless Christ though whom all things are made.
Join seen and unseen in their praise
of One who both creates, sustains
who goes before, in justice reigns.

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