Composer: Billema Kwillia

Billema Kwillia is a Liberian convert to Christianity and a literacy teacher-evangelist in that country. --rogergmiller22152.tripod.com/ Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Billema Kwillia
Incipit: 55533 22111
Key: F Major
Copyright: © Lutheran World Federation


The tune title A VA DE is the incipit of Kwillia's original text in the Loma language. “Come, Let Us Eat” is an excellent choice for congregations that celebrate communion with various groups of people coming forward to stand or sit around the Lord's Table (in the Old Dutch Reformed manner). The hymn can be sung in a call-and-response manner, with a soloist singing the first line and the congregation responding with the repetition. The congregation can sing easily without books while coming forward. Sing without pauses between stanzas. Leland B. Sateren (PHH 294) arranged the music for optional singing as a two-part round and harmonized it for Contemporary Worship-4. The round is at two measures, and its second part should be sung by a smaller group in the manner of an echo. The tune itself has two phrases, each of which repeats once. Sing this lively music in unison or as two-part round, and accompany it with guitars, flutes, and especially percussion instruments such as hand drums, woodblocks, or tambourines. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #660

Common Praise (1998) #62

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #491

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #528

Halle Halle: We Sing the World Round #34

Hymnal Supplement II #21

Lutheran Service Book #626

Moravian Book of Worship #423

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #303

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #197


Small Church Music #2873

The United Methodist Hymnal #625

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #2

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #3

This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #119

Worship and Rejoice #694

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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