Living Lord (Lord Jesus Christ You have come to us)

This hymn was written by English Anglican priest and at the time youth-minister Patrick Appleford (1925-2018) and first published by Josef Weinberger Ltd in 1960.

It was written for the youth club in the East London parish of Poplar, during Appleford's appointment there from 1952-58, aiming to "... show Jesus was not a dead hero but a living lord" (ref).
Some people have suggested that the tune was modelled on Cliff Richard's 1950s song "Living Doll" - and there are some minor similarities, although it is clearly a different tune.   Today the hymn has crossed the boundary between contemporary (for its day) song and regular hymn.

The tune, also written by Appleford, is named LIVING LORD, and has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of D, the first few notes are D DE D A AAG G.    It is included in the most recent edition of various English hymn books, including Hymns Old and New, Catholic, 2009 and one of these is the best source of sheet music.   Guitar chords are available here.

Jesus as Lord, with arms outstretched to the people


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Televised hymn-programme - with organ:

Small group with keyboard:

Boy treble with organ:

Instrumental - organ:


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

The song has four verses, and a rough outline is:
1  Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us ...

2  Lord Jesus Christ now and every day ...

3  Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us ...

4  Lord Jesus Christ I would come to you ...

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Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us You are one with us, Mary's Son. Cleansing our souls from all their sin, pouring Your love and goodness in Jesus our love for you we sing, living Lord. 2 Lord Jesus Christ now and every day, tach us how to pray, Son of God. You have commanded us to do this in remembrance Lord of you Into our lives your power breaks through, living Lord. 3 Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us born as one with us, Mary's Son. Led out to die on Calvary, risen from death to set us free, living Lord Jesus help us see You are Lord. 4 Lord Jesus Christ I would come to you live my life for you, Son of God. All your commands I know are true, your many gifts will make me new, into my life your power breaks through, living Lord.

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