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The winning entry in the 125th Anniversary Hymn Text Contest

The 125th Worship Choir

"Oh God, We Kneel Before Your Throne"

Text by Ruth Van Baak Griffioen, Music by Roy A. Hopp
Based on Ephesians 3:14-21

O God, we kneel before your throne
to honor you whose name is known
to all your family by your love
on earth below and heaven above:
how wide, how long, how high,
how deep is the love of Christ!

O Christ, we bow in faith to pray;
come live within our hearts today
and fill us till we overflow
with love surpassing all we know.
How wide, how long, how high,
how deep is the love of Christ!

O Spirit, grace us with your power
so that our weakened faith may flower;
come breathe your sacred harmony
that we with all your saints may see
how wide, how long, how high,
how deep is the love of Christ!

Now to the One who can do more
than we could dream of asking for,
eternal glory to our King
as generations rise to sing:
"How wide, how long, how high,
how deep is the love of Christ!"

© Copyright Ruth van Baak Griffioen 2000

The terms & conditions of the hymn contest
  • Any Calvin student, alumni, faculty or staff member is eligible to enter.
  • The hymn text should draw on the themes and images of Ephesians 3:14-21 which is the text for the 125th anniversary worship service.
  • It is preferered that the hymn text be four stanzas, possibly five.
  • Choose commonly used meters in hymnals ie: CM, LM or 87 87 D, preferably not SM
  • Entries will be judged by college and seminary faculty.
  • A prize of $300 will be awarded for the winning entry.
  • Deadline for submission is November 25, 2000.
  • The winner will be announced in January, 2001.

Submissions should include a cover letter with the author's name and title of the text, and four copies of the text manuscript that should not include the author's name.

Submit entries to:
125th Anniversary Hymn Contest
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
3201 Burtson SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

Questions? Email or call the Worship Institute office at 616-957-6088

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