YOU ARE THE IMAGE OF THE UNSEEN GOD

(A new hymn/song developed from Colossians 1, verses 15-20, by Michael Lehr)


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Some time back I was part of a small group choosing hymns and songs for the forthcoming weeks. When we came to the last Sunday, 18 July 2004, we couldn’t find anything quite suitable to follow the set epistle from Colossians, but looking at the words of the passage, I felt inspired to try to write something quickly to meet the need. This was the result.

I had to add some extra material to enable some rhyme, and also included some repetition - all aimed at making the result more song-like. Inevitably, I couldn’t include everything from the passage, but I hope I captured much of the essence without too much distortion.

Unfortunately, I was away for the weekend, and so couldn’t play or hear the result. However, it seems to have been well-received at the time and has since been used by many others through the internet. So I must have done something right!

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Words (by Michael Lehr)

You are the image of the unseen God,
First-born of all creation;
Showed us the essence of the Father's love,
And offered us salvation.
And in you were created all things in heaven and earth;
Everything visible, everything invisible,
Thrones, dominations, sovereignties, powers.
All things were created through you;
All things were created by you.
All things were created through you;
All things were created by you.

As you were there before the birth of time,
From death you were the first-born;
Destined to be the first in every way,
Bring hope to all the care-worn.
And the Father's perfection was shown in fullness by you.
Everything visible, everything invisible,
Now reconciled for ever through you,
By the peace you made on the cross,
By your selfless death on the cross.
By the peace you made on the cross,
By your selfless death on the cross.

2004 Reflection Christian Music


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