Jesus What a Friend for Sinners

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Chapman grad­u­at­ed from Lake For­est Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1879 and Lane Sem­in­ary, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in 1882. Or­dained a Pres­by­ter­ian min­is­ter, his first pas­tor­ate was split be­tween two church­es-in Lib­er­ty, In­di­a­na, and Coll­ege Cor­ner, Ohio. In 1883 he be­came the min­is­ter of the Old Sar­a­toga Dutch Re­formed Church in Schuy­ler­ville, New York. In 1885, he moved to the First Re­formed Church in Al­ba­ny, New York, and in 1890 to the Beth­a­ny Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. He was one of the found­ers of the Wi­no­na Lake Bi­ble Con­fer­ence and, in 1900, tra­veled to the Ho­ly Land.

Lyrics: J Wilbur Chapman
Music: Rowland W Prichard

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.

Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.

Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.

Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

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