The traditional BEACH SPRING tune has become familiar to congregations with such texts as “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” and “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service.” DuPree uses this tune as the basis for this new hymn text. Each stanza opens with an image of Jesus: gentle, smiling, patient, and healing. The remainder of the poem illustrates each theme as it entwines the image of children coming to Jesus.
No accompaniment is provided for this tune. Use an existing copy of BEACH SPRING, such as found in The United Methodist Hymnal. This setting may be sung by congregation, choir, soloist, or any combination of these. The accompaniment may be organ, keyboard, or guitar, or the hymn may be sung a cappella.
PERFORMANCE OPTIONS include singing stanza 1 as an adult solo; stanza 2 as a child’s solo (or by a children’s choir); stanza 3 by the adult choir (or congregation); and stanza 4 by all.
APPROPRIATE DAYS: Worship themes on children, Jesus as shepherd or teacher; a service of healing and wholeness; communion; use of Matthew 14:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, or Luke 18:15-17; and Sundays in Lent.