Jesus lead us to the Father

By Sam Hargreaves | Added 3rd July 2007

I wrote my LST dissertation critiquing "romantic" imagery in worship songs, with the contention that intimacy with God is better expressed in the context of the Trinity. This aims to apply that thinking in a simple worship song. I think it is as we share in Jesus' relationship with the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can "draw near" to God. The three sections can be sung over one another as a "cumulative round", which is an easy way to get a congregation singing in harmony. It is also something of a musical picture of the Trinity - three distinct lines, singing as one. It has been used by a number of churches and printed in the Spring Harvest 2005 and Songs for the King books.

Jesus, lead us to the Father,
by your Spirit, help us draw near.

As we come with awe and gladness,
help us draw near.

Alleluia, alleluia,
help us draw near.

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What I particularly like about this song is that it is a corporate call to worship rather than an individual one. There are very few songs around at the moment which address this need. Lovely though it was in it's day, songs such as Bind Us Together are very dated and were very over-sung! Probably because there was nothing else available. Thanks so much for this one ... can't get tune out of my head!
rachel gardiner at 17:18 on 9th October 2013
really liked this!
Cathi Williams at 03:51 on 10th September 2013
Simple song packed with trinitarian truth. Geraldine Latty used to beautiful effect at this year's spring harvest
roger hattam at 19:59 on 14th May 2012
Yes, i was at Spring Harvest too and can add my comments to those others who were there. This song certainly brought the presence of God among us that night. :-)
Douglas Tincello at 21:01 on 2nd May 2012
Yes, i was at Spring Harvest too and can add my comments to those others who were there. This song certainly brought the presence of God among us that night. :-)
Douglas Tincello at 21:01 on 2nd May 2012
I too loved this at Spring Harvest and last night at church we sang it. It was beautiful worshipping with the Trinity!
Andrew Mitchell at 09:48 on 23rd April 2012
This simple but profound song, with its exquisite harmonies, brought down heaven at Spring Harvest 2012 in Skegness. Very blessed by it, and cannot stop singing it. Thankyou.
Steve Roddison at 21:17 on 19th April 2012
Sang it at Spring Harvest - absolutely brilliant. thanks
Jayne Winson at 19:20 on 19th April 2012
I heard this for first time this year at Spring Harvest last week and I can't stop singing it to myself. Going to introduce it to our church.
Norman Pacey at 19:50 on 17th April 2012
I was so nervous of being at SH2012 as a guest of someone who is very involved in the leadership and sat at the back alone in the Big Top on the first night as everyone was being very busy.
Being part of the community that sang this song that was so powerfully led by Geraldine Latty had my spine tingling and the tears streaming. So beautiful. Thank you.
I've emailed this page to the worship leader/pastor of my church - its an amazingly beautifully written song x
Fragmentz A at 14:53 on 16th April 2012
I have not stopped singing this song since I heard it. It's amazing and it makes me want to worship every single minute of my life. It's so easy to learn and play and I'm grateful to God for Sam's gifting. I agree with some of the other comments that it is a simple but beautiful and profound worship song. God bless you, Sam, and may you continue to lead us to worship. Clara Badu Amoah
Clara Badu Amoah at 10:37 on 23rd February 2012
Agree with Simon's comments. Take time to teach the church their parts and let it build - beautiful
Chris Franklin at 17:32 on 28th September 2011
Have used this several times as a gentle call to worship, and taught as a round to the congregations at our church. Simple, beautiful and profound.
Daren Allder at 15:06 on 20th September 2011
a cappella, chamber orchestra, acoustic guitar, full band at full pelt... It works.
Simon Bray at 16:18 on 19th September 2011
YOU ARE A BLESING TO ME AND MY COMUNITY.
GOD BLESS YOU.
MIRIAM FIGUEROA
miriam figuera at 18:47 on 7th September 2011
Another lovely way to encourage the choir to sing in parts. There are lots of different ways it can be arranged and it always creates a worshipful atmosphere.
Kate Law-Jones at 15:24 on 30th August 2011
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