We got the very, very exciting news today that John has been offered and accepted First Call!
We'd gratefully and humbly appreciate your prayers as we head into this new phase of our life.
WILL YOU COME AND FOLLOW ME: THE SUMMONS (ELW #798)
By John L. Bell
Music: Scottish Traditional
"Will you come and follow me if I I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?"
"Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile sale, should your life attract or scare,
Will you let me answer pray'r in you and you in me?"
"Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the pris'ners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
"Will you love the you you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?"
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I'll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
Ordination and installation into his congregation will take place sometime in the next month or so. That means we'll be very, very busy over the next few weeks! So, if it's a bit quiet here, please forgive me. I'll catch you up as much as I can when I have time and I hope to be back to my usual patchy blogging schedule by the end of October.
Soli Deo Gloria.