137. He Came Down

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He came down that we may have love;
he came down that we may have love;
he came down that we may have love;
hallelujah forevermore.
Leader: Why did he come?

(Additional stanzas)
… that we may have light
… that we may have peace
… that we may have joy

Text Information
First Line: He came down that we may have love
Title: He Came Down
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Luke 1:79; Luke 2:14; John 3:16-17; John 8:12; John 13:34; John 16:22-24; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:14-15; Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; 1 John 4:7
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Advent (6 more...)
Source: Cameroon song
Language: English
Tune Information
Transcriber and Arranger: John L. Bell (1986)
Meter: LM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Cameroon melody
Copyright: Arr. © 1986 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.)

Text Information:

Because this traditional Cameroon piece begins with the refrain, it does not initially reveal that it is cast as a call-and-response song. Assigning the answers to the congregation rather than to the leader is a notable affirmation of the corporate wisdom of God’s people.

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