Written in 1972, the song was first published by the ‘Word of God’ Charismatic Community, University of Michigan.
It can be said to be based on Exodus 18:12 “Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God" - but clearly has other scriptural links, including the Last Supper.
It was initially popular in both the UK and US, and has also been translated into:
- Dutch (Wees Welkom Al Gij Heiligen Van Ouds)
- Swedish (Gud är en av oss vid detta bord).
Sometimes it is called "O Welcome All Ye Noble Saints Of Old" or "Welcome All You Noble Saints".
As awareness of gender-exclusive language grew, it became clear that the original text could not easily be adjusted. Stearman and Rev Stamps collaborated and reworked the title and hook-line as "In Christ There is a Table Set for All".
The original text was copyright by Dawn Treader Music of Pasadena Texas in © 1977, and is now administered in the UK/Eire by Song Solutions and in the US by Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing.
The song is popular for Lord’s Supper re-enactments, as well as services with a social inclusion / justice theme. It has been recorded by many artists, including:
- Craig Smith
- Michelle Swift on the “Beloved Deciple" CD” arranged by Travis Cottrell (link below)
- Cynthia Clawson
Sheet music for it is currently published as “In Christ there Is a Table Set for All” in:
- The 2008 edition of Catholic Hymns Old and New (Kevin Mayhew - UK)
- The second - but not third - edtion of the Gather Comprehensive hymnal (GIA Publications - USA)