Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spreadAuthor (st. 1-3): Billema Kwillia; Author (st. 4): Gilbert E. Doan; Translator (st. 1-3): Margaret D. Miller (1969, alt.)
Tune: A VA DE
Published in 17 hymnals
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|First Line:||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread|
|Title:||Come, Let Us Eat|
|Author (st. 1-3):||Billema Kwillia|
|Translator (st. 1-3):||Margaret D. Miller (1969, alt.)|
|Author (st. 4):||Gilbert E. Doan|
|Copyright:||St. 4 © 1972 Contemporary Worship 4, admin. Augsburg Fortress;; St. 1-3 © The Lutheran World Federation|
Billema Kwillia (b. Liberia, c. 1925) composed both the text and the tune of this hymn during the 1960s when he was a literacy teacher and evangelist. The text's rather cryptic phrases highlight central themes of the Lord's Supper. Stanzas 1 and 2 issue the invitation "Come. . . ," stanza 3 draws us into an appropriate meditative mood in the Lord's presence, and stanza 4 dismisses us with the reminder to "spread abroad God's mighty Word."
A speaker of the Loma language, Kwillia learned to read the language as an adult through a church literacy program. In the early 1960s he became a literacy teacher himself. After being baptized as a Christian, he served as a preacher and evangelist.
The text and tune of this hymn were originally transcribed from a recorded church service. Margaret D. Miller (b. Clifton Springs, NY, 1927) translated stanzas 1 through 3 from the Loma language into English in 1969, and that translation was first published in 1970 in the Lutheran World Federation hymnal Laudamus (4th ed.). Miller was educated at the Lankenau School for Girls in Philadelphia while her widowed mother served as a missionary in Liberia. After graduation from college, Miller followed her mother's example and became a missionary in Liberia, serving there as a literacy worker and translator of the Wozi language as well as an editor of the bilingual Loma newspaper, Weekly. She has done graduate work in linguistics and anthropology at the Hartford Seminary Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut.
Gilbert E. Doan (b. Bethlehem, PA, 1930) added stanza 4 prior to the hymn's publication in the Lutheran hymnal Contemporary Worship-4 (1972). A prominent Lutheran clergyman, Doan served as campus pastor in Philadelphia from 1955 to 1961. He was northeastern director for the National Lutheran Campus Ministry from 1961 to 1984 and more recently was pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia. A graduate of Harvard College (B.A. in geology) and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (D .B.), he also received a master's degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written Renewal in the Pulpit (1966), edited The Preaching of Frederick W Robertson (1964), and was chair of the hymn texts committee of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship (1967-1978).
Lord's Supper-sing stanzas 1 through 3 during distribution of the bread and wine, and sing stanza 4 as a dismissal after the sacrament.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 16 of 16)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #660||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||A VA DE||Billema Kwilla (b. 1925)||10 10||1 Corinthians 11:23-26||2005||The Holy Spirit | The Church Celebrates - Holy Communion|
|Common Praise (1998) #62||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Gilbert E. Doan (1930-); Margaret D. Miller (1927-); Billema Kwilla (1925?-)||10 10 10 10||Nehemiah 8:1-10; Isaiah 55:1 - 56:1; John 2:1-11; John 21:1-19||1998||Eucharist | ; Evangelism | ; Kingdom | ; Mission ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #491||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Gilbert E. Doan, b. 1930; Margaret D. Miller, b. 1927; Billema Kwillia, b. 1925||10 10 10 10||2006||Holy Communion | ; Songs for Children ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #528||Come, let us eat for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia; Margaret D. Miller; Gilbert E. Doan||10.10.10.10||Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 18:20; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26||2013||Eucharist | ; Evangelism | ; Lord's Supper | ; Communion ||
|Halle Halle: We Sing the World Round #34||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia; Margaret D. Miller; C. Michael Hawn||10 10||1999|
|Hymnal Supplement II #21||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||1987|
|Lutheran Service Book #626||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Margaret D. Miller, b. 1927; Billema Kwillia, b. 1925; Gilbert E. Doan, b. 1930||10 10 10 10||Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 18:20; Isaiah 52:7; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26||2006||The Lord's Supper | ; Children's Songs ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #423||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Margaret D. Miller; Billema Kwillia; Gilbert E. Doan||10.10.||1 Corinthians 5:7-8||1995||Holy Communion | ; Christ--Bread of Life | ; Christ--Presence of ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #303||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia, b. c. 1925; Margaret D. Miller; Gilbert E. Doan, b. 1930||10 10 10 10||1987||Lord's Supper ||
|Renew! #197||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Gilbert E. Doan; Margaret D. Miller; Billema Kwillia||10.10.10.10.||1995|
|Small Church Music #2873||Come, let us eat, for now the feast||A Va De||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia||10.10.10.10|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #553||Come, let us eat for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||[Come, let us eat for now the feast is spread]||Gilbert E. Doan, 1930-; Margaret D. Miller, 1927-; Billema Kwillia, 1925-||10.10.10.10.||Luke 22:14-20||1996||Gathering | ; Canons and Rounds ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal #625||Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia; Margaret D. Miller; Gilbert E. Doan||10 10||1 Corinthians 5:7-8||1989||The Sacraments and Rites of the Church | Eucharist (Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper); Holy Communion | ; Jesus Christ | Presence; Service Music | Greeting/Call to Worship; Service Music | Following Communion; Service Music | Sending Forth; Testimony and Witness ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #2||[Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread]||A VA DE||1991|
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #3||[Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread]||A VA DE||1991|
|Worship and Rejoice #694||Come, let us eat for now the feast is spread||Come, Let Us Eat||A VA DE||Billema Kwillia, 1925-; Gilbert E. Doan, 1930-; Margaret D. Miller, 1927 -||10.10.10.10.||1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26||2001|