Arranger: John L. Bell

John Lamberton Bell (born 1949, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire) is a hymn-writer. A Church of Scotland minister, he is a member of the Iona Community, a broadcaster, and former student activist. He works throughout the world, often lecturing in theological colleges in the UK, Canada and the United States, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at the grass roots level. Bell studied at the University of Glasgow where in 1974 he was elected President of the Students' Representative Council. His election represented a significant development as it was the start of a few years' control by the left wing of the SRC. Bell was quite open about his Christian religious beliefs, wearing a wooden cross-shaped pendant. In 1977… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: John L. Bell
Incipit: 55523 15645 5422
Key: g minor
Source: Phillipine melody from island of Negros
Copyright: © WGRG / The Iona Community


Blest be God, blest be God for ever

Blest be God, blest be God for ever,
who in time and eternity lives,
God the Lord who loves justice and mercy
and who heals and forgives those who fall.

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