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Who Would Ever Have Believed It

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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 >

Text Information

First Line: Who would ever have believed it
Title: Who Would Ever Have Believed It
Author: John L. Bell
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: © 1988 Iona Community; used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc.

Tune

AE FOND KISS


TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA

First associated with this text in Fredrik Engelke's Loftangeroch andeliga wisor (1873), TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA is probably a Swedish folk song, but versions of the tune were also sung in Germany in the early 1800s. This charmingly simple tune needs light accompaniment, perhaps just recorders 1 and…

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Timeline

Instances

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Chalice Hymnal #213

Common Praise (1998) #199

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #175

Singing the Faith #290

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