Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
 
Music for Worship (Part 2)

Great hymns of faith are presented by choirs and congregations on this page.
(Courtesy of the Billy Graham Crusade Choirs website)
"Just as I Am" was used as a hymn of invitation at the Billy Graham crusades.  I can remember our family watching several of these when televised, in our living room.  I noticed on one occasion that Mother was crying during this invitation, and asked her why.  She said she was weeping with joy at watching so many people accept Christ as their Saviour.

The words were written by Charlotte Elliot and the tune by William B. Bradbury. When it was first published, it included the subheading: "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37).


The story behind the hymn:

In 1828, at the age of 32, Charlotte Elliott suffered a serious illness that left her a semi-invalid. This caused depression, and within the year she experienced a severe spiritual crisis. Swiss evangelist Henry A. Cesàr Malan was visiting her family, and she confessed to him that she didn’t know how to come to Christ. His famous response was, “Come to him just as you are.” Her depression continued, however. One night, twelve years later, she lay awake, distressed by her uselessness as an invalid, and by doubts of her spiritual life. The next day, as she reflected on the previous night, she decided she needed to meet her spiritual troubles head on and conquer them by the grace of God. So she “gathered up in her soul the grand certainties, not of her emotions, but of her salvation: her Lord, His power, His promise” (Lutheran Hymnal Handbook). She took up pen and paper, and wrote down her own “formulae of faith,” remembering those words of the visiting evangelist. In the end she had the text “Just as I am, without one plea.” Her rule of faith has since become a comfort to millions, and we join with all Christians who experience doubt and uncertainty in their faith when we declare that Christ invites us to come to Him, just as we are.

From Temple Baptist Church, Powell, TN:

To God, Be the Glory

Holy, Holy, Holy

Praise Him, Praise Him

There is a Name I Love to Hear

Bring Them In

Down at the Cross

At Calvary

There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

There is a Name I Love to Hear

Tell Me the Story of Jesus

We Have Heard the Joyful Sound

Great is thy Faithfulness

Marvelous Grace

There is Power in the Blood

He Hideth My Soul

The Old Rugged Cross

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Joy to the World

From Cleveland Baptist Church, Ohio:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Love Lifted Me

I Am Resolved

Low, in the Grave He Lay

From other Protestant Churches: