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“(Matthew) Come and Follow”

think I’m rediscovering both my love for writing children’s ministry songs. At a rough guess, a bit under 1/2 of the 350+ songs of mine over the years have been for use with kids. My first published songs over 40 years ago were in that genre. A few months back I wrote Be Strong and Courageous for annual kids club worship service. That was well received. Put it down to the Coldplayesque hand waving 😀

Then, just two days back, as I began reflecting on upcoming kids club (JAFFA Club) teaching on Jesus calling Matthew, a song just came. I know it can sound really smug of me to put it that way, but really, 9 times out of 10, that’s how it happens. I can only put it down to the Spirit.

Anyhow, I felt moved to write a new “Jesus calls” song … an alternative to I have decided to follow Jesus OR the old Sunday School Follow, Follow, I will Follow Jesus; or even the more recent Hillsong Everyday or the still-popular Step by Step.

So, here’s (Matthew) Come and Follow, in simple A-B-A musical form.

I’ve kept it deliberately simple. I wanted two things for the song … well, probably more than that …

  1. A middle section that gave some kid-friendly glimpses into what a life following Jesus can mean
  2. The hope that those singing it swap their own name with “Matthew” and sing of God’s call to them.

I used it yesterday at our Kidspot/JAFFA Club. Pleasingly they loved it!

Shalom,

David

score. lyrics

Matthew, come and follow
Matthew, come with me
Matthew, come and walk my way

Matthew, come and follow
Matthew, come with me
Hey there – come and walk my way!

Life … a better way there
Love … with all our heart there
Faith … God’s love there ev’ry day
Joy … it’s there for showing
Peace … for sharing, knowing
Jesus; the life, the truth, the way!

Matthew, come and follow …

David MacGregor © 2019 Willow Publishing

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