Come to the Savior now, He gently calleth theeAuthor: John M. Wigner (1871, alt.)
Tune: INVITATION (Maker)
Published in 70 hymnals
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1 Come to the Savior now,
He gently calleth thee;
In true repentance bow,
Before Him bend the knee;
He waiteth to bestow
Salvation, peace and love,
True joy on earth below,
A home in heaven above.
2 Come to the Savior now,
Ye who have wandered far;
Renew your solemn vow,
For His by right you are;
Come, like poor wandering sheep
Returning to His fold;
His arm will safely keep,
His love will ne'er grow cold.
3 Come to the Savior, all,
Whate'er your burdens be;
Hear now His loving call,
"Cast all your care on Me."
Come, and for every grief,
In Jesus you will find
A sure and safe relief,
A loving Friend and kind.
The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895
|First Line:||Come to the Savior now, He gently calleth thee|
|Title:||Come to the Savior Now|
|Author:||John M. Wigner (1871, alt.)|
st. 2 = Isa. 53:6
st. 4 = Matt. 11:28-30, Ps. 55:22, 1 Pet. 5:7
John M. Wigner (b. King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, 1844; d. London, England, 1911) wrote this text in 1871 for use with the young people of the church where his father was a Baptist minister. The hymn was published in his father's Supplement to the Baptist Psalms and Hymns in 1880 (Wigner's father had also compiled the original edition of this hymnal in 1858). Educated at London University, Wigner served in various capacities at his church, especially working with young people. After 1876 Wigner was employed in the Indian Home Office in London.
Like 534, this invitation hymn makes use of biblical phrases and imagery. We are called to come to the Savior in repentance and for renewal. The text makes an urgent, direct appeal (st. 3) to come to Christ for salvation, relief from our burdens, and eternal rest.
As an invitation hymn in evangelistic services, possibly with altar calls or with the Lord's Supper; useful in the service of confession/forgiveness.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #613||Come to the Savior now||Come to the Savior Now||INVITATION||John M. Wigner||188.8.131.52 D||1 Peter 5:7; Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 55:22||2013||Call to Discples | ; Jesus Christ | Savior; Repentance | ; Elements of Worship | Confession|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #535||Come to the Savior now||Come to the Savior Now||INVITATION||John M. Wigner||66 66 D||1 Peter 5:7; 1 Peter 5||1987||Church and Mission | ; Missions ||
|Small Church Music #369||Come to the Saviour now||Invitation||INVITATION||John M. Wigner||184.108.40.206.D|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9755||Come to the Savior now||Come To The Savior Now||INVITATION||John M. Wigner||66.66 D|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #475||Come to the Savior now||Come to the Savior Now||INVITATION||John M. Wigner||220.127.116.11.D.||Matthew 11:28-30||1990||The Way of Salvation | The Free Offer of the Gospel; Backsliding | ; Christ | Love and Grace of|