The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)

This hymn about the call to discipleship was written by John Bell and Graham Maule of the Iona Community from Scotland, and first published in 1987.

With meter, it is set to the traditional Scottish tune KELVINGROVE, composer unknown.

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Solo singer with folk-style backing:

Contemporary arrangement:

Church choir with mini-orchestra accompaniment and congregation:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.

 The song has five verses, each of which is five lines long.  A rough outline is:
1  Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? ...

2  Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? ...

3  Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? ...

4  Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name? ...

5  Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name ...

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