Arranger: John L. Bell
Published in 3 hymnals

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Arranger: 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 >

Tune Information

Arranger: John L. Bell
Incipit: 55523 15645 5422
Key: g minor
Source: Phillipine melody from island of Negros
Copyright: © WGRG / The Iona Community


Blest be God, blest be God for ever

Blest be God, blest be God for ever,
who in time and eternity lives,
God the Lord who loves justice and mercy
and who heals and forgives those who fall.

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Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #267

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #267


Lift Up Your Hearts #285

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