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Jul 2013

Come To Me

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song to our Sunday gathering entitled Come to Me, adapted by The Village Church from Elizabeth Akers original hymn entitled Come, Oh Come to Me. It is featured on The Village Church live album Look and See. Elizabeth Akers was born in 1866 to Jospeh and Henrietta Akers who lived in rural Pennsylvania. Her father was a Methodist minister, and her mother died when she was only seven. She graduated from Will­iams­port Dick­in­son Sem­in­ary in 1885, and set­tled in Bellwood where for the next 64 years of her life, she worked for the Al­toona Trib­une, was the Bell­wood tax col­lect­or, worked as a seamstress, and served in her local congregation, Bell­wood Meth­od­ist Church. Come to Me is an adaption of her 1902 hymn Come, Oh Come to Me. In addition to adapting many of the verses, a chorus was added as a response to the compassion and love of the Father in how He takes the burdens of His children and offers unmerited grace and freedom in Christ.

Here are the lyrics to the song we will be introducing this Sunday:

Weary burdened wanderer there is rest for thee
At the feet of Jesus in His love so free
Listen to His message, words of life, forever blessed
Oh, thou heavy laden, “Come to Me, come and rest.”

There is freedom, taste and see
Hear the call, “Come to Me.”
Run into His arms of grace
Your burden carried, He will take

Bring Him all thy burdens, all thy guilt and sin,

Mercy’s door is open, rise up and enter in.
Jesus there is waiting,
 patiently for thee
Hear Him gently calling,
 “Come, oh come, come to Me.”

You can listen to an acoustic version of Come to Me below by clicking the video, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. I pray that we would also respond to the unmerited grace that has been bestowed upon us, and that we would freely come to Jesus with our burdens and cares, thanking him for the compassion and mercy afforded us through his love.


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