Written to the glory of God for the 60th anniversary of Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana, October 4, 2015, to the tune JESUS IST KOMMEN, GRUND EWIGER FREUDE.
1. Grace is God's love undeserved, yet abounding,
Wealth of love lavished upon our poor race,
Mercy toward sinners, all reason confounding,
God deemed us worthy to save by His grace!
Deep this rich kindness the earth still is sounding--
God's love is grace not deserved, but abounding!
2. Grace is God's love we are shown in Christ Jesus:
God in the flesh took our sin and our shame.
Death-conqu'ring life of our Lord truly frees us,
Faced our foes for us, His triumph we claim!
Good news now soars on God's Spirit-wrought breezes--
God's love is grace all are shown through Christ Jesus!
3. Grace is God's love bringing peace beyond measure,
Peace none can find in the Law's harsh demand,
Guarding our hearts in Christ Jesus, our Treasure,
Peace far surpassing what we understand;
Peace, a sweet foretaste of heaven's pure pleasure--
God's love is grace that brings peace none can measure!
4. Grace is God's love here in time and forever.
God's work begun in us He will complete!
Nothing in life from this grace can us sever;
Nothing in death brings God's children defeat.
Grace, timely love for God's timeless endeavor--
God's love is grace for all time, yes, forever!