It was first published in 1970 by World Library Publications. It apparetnhas not been widely published in hymnals in the western world - but requests show that it is known in various countries in Africa and Asia, at least.
The tune it is set to is sometimes known as CALLED TO PROCLAIM.
Image: By Jacqui Barker [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Male cantor, soprano soloist and congregation, with organ backing
Small group with keyboard backing:
Instrumental - piano
LyricsThe full lyrics are still copyright (though they can be found here) - a rough outline is:
The Spirit of God rests upon me.
... consecrates me.
... bids me go forth to proclaim his peace, his joy.
Each verse has four lines:
- The first is "The Spirit of God sends me forth",
- The second is "Called to witness the kingdom of Christ among all the nations;"
- The last is "My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour"
The third line in each verse is different, and names specific actions that Christians are called to, eg:
1 ... proclaim the good news of Christ to the poor.
2 ... console the hearts overcome with great sorrow.
3 ... comfort the poor who mourn and who weep.
4 ... announce the grace of salvation to all.
5 ... reveal the glory of God among all the people.