Biblical References: Matthew 4:18-22, 10:1-41; Luke 8:1-3, 10:38-42; John 3:1-17, 4:1-42, 6:9, 19:25-27, 11:17-27; Acts 9:1-22; 2 Timothy 1:5
Tune: Traditional Dutch melody, arranged by Julius Roentgen, 1906 ("There's a Wideness in God's Mercy")
Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009).
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Hymn Use Permission: Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009) includes a permission note for those who own this book to use this hymn (along with the 76 other new hymns in the book) in their local church's worship services. People who do not own Songs of Grace are asked to contact Carolyn (email@example.com) for permission to use the hymn and to get a copy of the hymn formatted for worship bulletin use.
The lists of disciples found in the gospels are slightly different from each other. This hymn begins with the listing of twelve disciples which is found in Matthew. The four gospels together give a complete picture of Jesus calling not only the twelve, but also women, other men, and children. The line "some are brought up in your way" is a reference to 2 Timothy 1:5 where Timothy is described as one raised in the faith by his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice who are the ones who pass on the faith to their family. This hymn was published originally in The Presbyterian Outlook magazine and is in Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009).