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The first is for God's promise

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The first is for God's promise

Author: John L. Bell
Tune: ADVENT RING
Published in 4 hymnals

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Author: 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 >

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First Line: The first is for God's promise
Author: John L. Bell
Meter: Irregular
Refrain First Line: Christmas is coming
Publication Date: 1999
Copyright: © WGRG / The Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.)

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #282

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #282

Singing the Faith #166

Together in Song #289

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