Says Jesus, ‘Come and gather round’

Says Jesus, ‘Come and gather round’. Leith Fisher* (1941-2009).  Leith Fisher began writing hymns while minister of the Old Parish Church at Falkirk (1979-90). This continued when he was appointed as minister of Wellington Church, Glasgow (1990-2006). During the latter period, he was writing commentaries on the synoptic gospels, based on his preaching, and this work sometimes emerged in the form of hymns. This hymn derives from the incidents recorded in, for example, Matthew 18: 1–5 (Jesus draws attention to a child) and 19:13–15 (the disciples turn children away). It counters the often-sentimentalised view of children in the church, and challenges both church and society to learn from the...

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