Come, O Lord, and Set Us Free


This expressive prayer song from the Iona Community is especially effective for Advent and can be taught through call and echo patterns. It has been used as a Gathering Song, for lighting Advent Candles, Prayers of the People, and Passing of the Peace. It's a zipper/pocket song and you can easily insert themes of the Advent season (hope, joy, and love).

The piece is effective as a simple melody but a beautiful choral harmonization and descant can also be added once the congregation part is secure. Listen to a setting from the Iona Community here.

"Come, O Lord, and set us free.
Give your people peace.
Come, O Lord, and set us free.
Come, Lord Jesus, come."

Alternative text:
Give your people hope...
Give your people joy...
Give your people love...

Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.

The song was composed by John Bell and published in We Walk His Way from Wild Goose Publications.

Here's a video of AnnaMarie Hoos sharing the song at the Bishop's Ranch in January of 2015:

Here is a teaching track from St. Lydia's in Brooklyn, which uses it as a candle lighting during the Advent season. 

 

 


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