Jesus, you once called disciples, choosing twelve to follow you:
Simon (also known as Peter), Andrew and Bartholomew,
Philip, Thomas, James, and Matthew, Simon, Thaddaeus, John, and James–
Then there was the one called Judas. These were your disciples' names.
Women, too, were your disciples, sitting, learning, at your feet.
Mary knew your word was precious, even more than food to eat.
Martha trusted in your power when her brother Laz'rus died.
Women shared your journey, Lord, and stayed when you were crucified.
Lord, so many heard and followed, like the woman at the well.
Meeting you, the living water, she sought others she could tell.
Like the boy with loaves and fishes, like Zacchaeus in the tree,
Many gladly heard your message; many shared your ministry.
Jesus, still you call your people, "Come and follow me today!"
Some, like Paul, feel sudden wonder; some are brought up in your way.
Lord, no matter how we meet you, by your Spirit, make us new.
May we know your living presence; may we daily follow you.
Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #14
|First Line:||Jesus, you once called disciples, choosing twelve to follow you|
|Title:||Jesus, You Once Called Disciples|
|Author:||Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2002)|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved|