Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love

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Source: Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #142

Author: Tom Colvin

Tom Colvin (b. 1925; d. 2000) was trained as an engineer and worked in that profession in Burma and Singa­pore from 1945 to 1948. After studying theology at Trinity College, Glasgow University, he was ordained in the Church of Scotland in 1954. He served as missionary in Nyasa­land (now Malawi) from 1954 to 1958, in Ghana from 1958 to 1964, and again in Nyasa­land from 1964 to 1974. His work there included preaching, education, and community development. After completing his missionary work, Colvin became a minister in the United Reformed Church of England and served an inner-city church in London. He returned to Africa in 1984 as a development consultant to the Zimbabwe Christian Council. Colvin's writings include Christ's Work in Free… Go to person page >

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First Line: Kneels at the feet of his friends
Title: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
Author: Tom Colvin (1963)
Meter: 7.7.9 with refrain
Source: Ghana folk song
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Cristo se baja a la var" by Vernon L. Peterson and Clair E. Weldon
Copyright: © 1969, Hope Publishing Co.
Article: Hymn Performance: "I-to Loh Isn't There" by Eileen M. Johnson (from The Hymn)


Scripture References:
st. 1 = John 13:2-5

Tom Colvin (PHH 352), long-term missionary to Africa, wrote this text in 1963 in Chereponi, northern Ghana, while he was attending a lay-training course in agriculture, development, and evangelism. New converts had brought a folk melody to this meeting, which they thought might be appropriate for a text about Christian love. Colvin explained his writing of the text as follows:

Sitting there in the moonlight, I felt it simply had to be about black and white, rich and poor. I was ashamed of the wasteful affluence of my people but proud of the Gospel that transforms us into servants of one another. It is only when we who are rich learn to have the humility of the slave towards the poor of the world that we shall be able to learn from them; they have so much to teach us and share with us.

Colvin shared text and tune with the Iona Community in Scotland. After the hymn was published in their collection Free to Serve: Hymns from Africa (1968), its popularity spread to other Christian communities. It was also published in many other hymn books.

This fine text is based on Jesus' personalized object lesson on servanthood when he washed his disciples' feet (John 13:1-17) and on Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan. That parable was his response to the question “Who is my Neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37).

Liturgical Use:
Many occasions of worship in which Christian servanthood is the theme, thus missions services and services that focus on diaconal work.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



CHEREPONI was originally a traditional Ghanaian love song. Colvin named the tune after the village in which he first heard it and in which he wrote his text. The traditional African performance for melodies like CHEREPONI involves a leader and a group as well as various percussion instruments and cl…

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