Last Sunday we sang this song at church. It’s been running through my head ALL WEEK LONG so I thought I should share that joy with you. (and yes, it actually HAS BEEN a joy).
So today.. enjoy Come to the Saviour.
Here in His Word He has shown us the way;
Here in our midst He’s standing today,
Tenderly saying, “Come!”
When from sin our hearts are pure and free;
And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee,
In our eternal home.
“Suffer the children!” oh, hear His voice!
Let ev’ry heart leap forth and rejoice;
And let us freely make Him our choice;
Do not delay, but come.
Think once again, He’s with us today;
Heed now His blest command, and obey;
Hear now His accents tenderly say,
“Will you, My children, come?”
Written by George F. Root, a American man with a love of music. By age 13 he could play several different instruments, he played organ as an adult, and taught in the New York Institute for the blind. He wrote both sacred and secular music, both tunes and words. By the time of his death he had published more than 500 pieces of music. He sometimes used the German name Wurzel (Also meaning root) in his music.
Come to the Saviour is a simple invitational hymn. I read this story over at CyberHymnal
“In 1879 I was assisting in revival meetings in Danville,
California,” writes the pastor of a Presbyterian Church at
Oakland. “The meetings were well attended and good interest was
exhibited, but for a long time there were no conversions. In the
neighborhood there was a man who, with his wife and children,
attended the church regularly, and he was one of its liberal
supporters. They were most excellent people, but could not be
induced to profess Christ, and did not call themselves Christians.
One day, while the men were holding services in the church the women
were having a prayer-meeting in the manse near by. In the course of
the meeting they sang ‘Come to the Saviour, make no delay.’ The
singing over, they were about to engage in prayer, when the lady
above referred to asked them to sing the last verse of this hymn…The
lady was greatly affected and when the singing ceased she said with
deep emotion: ‘Yes, I will not stay away any longer.’ The women were
all deeply moved, and prayed and praised God with warm hearts. When
the word reached the men they were greatly encouraged at the good
news. A revival followed, …. This hymn seemed to have been the means of
reaching the wife’s heart, and of opening the way for the blessing
I love listening to men singing hymns. Enjoy this version from Guam. 🙂
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