I Heard the Voice of Jesus Calling

This song was written by Church of Scotland minister and hymn-writer John L Bell (b 1949).  

It was originally published in the 2008 collection 'We Walk His Way - Short Songs for Worship' from the Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, and has since been included in other publications of theirs.

The song is particularly appropriate for foot-washing ceremonies during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper - but can be used at other times also.   With seven verses, it can be used for an extended time period if required.

With meter, it is set to a jazz-style tune by Bell called LOUISE.   This has a 4/4 time signature, and in the key of Dm the first few notes are D F D F G A G F D.    In the original recording, the key increases by half a tone with the start of each new verse - but it can be performed well without this effect, and sheet music for it is not provided.

The verses are all paraphrases of short passages of scripture, viz:
1:  John 13:1-9   
2:  Matthew 25:40 and 25:45   
3:  Isaiah 6:10 and 13:16 and· Mark 4:9 and Revelation 2:7   
4:  Matthew 18:20   
5: John 8:31-36 · and 14:6-7   
6:  Matthew 26:26-29 and  John 6:47-51 and  1 Corinthians 11:23-26   
7:  John 6:47 ·and   8:51 and 11:25-26



No on-line examples have been found: please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page if you know of any.


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  I heard the voice of Jesus calling; here’s what he said to me:
“If you don’t let me wash your feet,...

2... All that you do for the least of these...

3  ... If you have ears to hear, then hear  ...

4 ... Your deepest prayer, I will fulfil ...

5  ... I’ve come that you may know the truth ...

6  .... This is my body, given for you

7  ... Believe in me and you will live ...

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