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God, who made the earth, declared it good in the beginning

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God, who made the earth, declared it good in the beginning

Author (English version): John L. Bell
Tune: ARIRANG
Published in 2 hymnals

Author (English version): John L. Bell

John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God, who made the earth, declared it good in the beginning
Author (English version): John L. Bell
Meter: Irregular
Source: Korean text, source unknown
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © WGRG / The Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.)

Tune

ARIRANG

The tune ARIRANG is named after a Korean folk song that has long been a favorite in Korea and became known by many American soldiers during the Korean War (1950¬1953). The song was probably composed around 1865, when laborers were conscripted from allover Korea to rebuild the Kyonbok Palace in Seou…

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #228

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #228

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