In the spring, I was in a class entitled “Finding Words for Worship” taught by renowned hymnist and liturgist Dr. Ruth Duck. We were all charged to try our hands at hymn writing, a task that made me profoundly nervous. What I discovered, however, was that I found deep joy in crafting words to fit a tune. Below is the hymn I wrote for the class.
Sung to the tune St. Columba (The King of Love my Shepherd Is, United Methodist Hymnal #138).
Based on Jesus’ I Am statements in the Gospel of John (chapters 6, 4, and 15).
I am the bread of life, my friends,
For hungry souls I’m broken.
My life I give to all who hear
And trust the Word I’ve spoken.
I am the well of truth, my friends,
Come taste the living water.
My Spirit will descend on you
And name you son and daughter.
I am the vine of love, my friends,
Your branches will I nourish.
In Love remain and make your home,
In Love will branches flourish.
I am the host who calls you friends:
Receive the meal I’ve given.
My life in you, your life in me
Will bring the feast of heaven.
© Cassidhe Hart, 2015.