Purchase original sheet music via Amazon.com
This song by Alan Dale and Hubert Richards has a very strong scriptural basis:
- The first verse and chorus are from Isaiah 61:1,2 and Luke 4:18 and 19.
- Verse three is based on John 20:21, where Jesus sent the disciples into the world.
- Verse four is inspired by Mark 13:11, where Jesus instructs the about the end times.
It was the title-track in a recording of the Sacred Heart Choir with Eileen Greaves conducted by Kevin Mayhew (ref), which was released by Avant Garde Records in 1969 with accompanying sheet music published by Vanguard Music.
Some people have assumed that the song was written by one of Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity sisters, because it is quoted in 'Something beautiful for God' by Malcolm Muggeridge. However this book was first published in 1971, well after the 1969 release of the song, so this seems unlikely.
The vocal range of the tune is large, and it was not originally intended for congregational use - Richards expected most people to only sing the refrain. Despite this, it has became very well-known and loved in and many English-speaking countries, although it does not appear to have been widely used in the US.
Today the words and music are both © 1982 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, but it is published in many current hymnals from the United Kingdom.
Alternative titles include:
- God's Spirit
- God's Spirit Is Deep In My Heart
- God's Spirit is in my heart He has called me
- Just As The Father Sent Me
Solo singer backing himself with guitar
Church choir from Singapore giving a very disciplined performance:
LyricsThe lyrics are still copyright, so cannot be reproduced here in full. However an outline of the structure is:
Verse 1: God's spirit is in my heart ..
He sent me to give the Good News to the poor
Tell prisoners ...
Tell blind people ...
..... the downtrodden free
And go tell ev'ryone ...
Verse 2: Just as the Father sent me ....
Verse 3: Don't carry a load on your back ...
Verse 4: Don't worry what you have to say ...