The People Came from Everywhere

The people came from everywhere

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Tune: CHILD'S PLAY
Published in 2 hymnals

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The people came from everywhere
to hear the Teacher's news.
The blind, the lame, the poor were there,
encouraged by his views.
But those who brought the children near
were quickly sent away:
“The Teacher's far too busy now.
Don't bother him today."

When Jesus saw the children turn,
their faces long and glum,
he told his friends, "When will you learn
that little ones must come?"
He chided them indignantly,
"God's love can't be denied!
Let all the children come to me
and sit here at my side."

"The holy realm of God belongs
to children such as these,
who trust that God will right all wrongs,
forgive, and bring us peace.
If you would also now receive
the love that never ends,
come as a trusting child, believe
in all that God intends."

As once you took your hands and blessed
the children on their way,
now bless us, Jesus, in our quest
to find your love, we pray.
We long to feel your warm embrace,
and hear your kindly word,
that in the presence of your grace
our faith might be assured.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The people came from everywhere
Title: The People Came from Everywhere
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6.8.6
Language: English
Notes: Anthem setting with references to ST. FLAVIAN published by Abingdon #02660-1

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Come Away with Me #7Text
Scripture Song Database #3436



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