Composer: 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

Composer: John L. Bell (1988)
Incipit: 51123 43212 51112
Key: e minor
Copyright: © 1988 Iona Community, used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc.;Music from "Wild Goose Songs 2, Enemy of Apathy" by permission Wild Goose Publications



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Ancient and Modern #259

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #654

Chalice Hymnal #255

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #593

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #593

Iona Abbey Music Book #30

Singing the Faith #393

Together in Song #418

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