Scripture Verse

If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23–24

Introduction

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Susan H. Peterson
1950–2004

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: St. Ger­trude Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur S. Sullivan
1842–1900

Lyrics

If you would come after Me,
To your self say no;
Take your cross up daily;
Follow Me alone.
If you try to save your life,
You will not succeed.
You must lose your self for Me;
Then you’ll find life indeed.
What good will it be for you
To gain the world as a whole,
If the end result is losing your own soul?

If you are ashamed of Me and of what I say,
I will also from you turn My face away.
Clothed in glory bright as light,
I will come some day.
Till then, be My witnesses
And never be dismayed.
Though you may be persecuted,
Never worry or fear;
Giving words of wisdom,
I’ll always be near.

All authority is Mine
In both Heav’n and earth.
Go and make disciples,
Bringing them new birth.
Baptize in this mighty name:
Father, Son, and Spirit.
Teach all peoples to obey
The things I have made clear.
Surely I will be with you
Always as you strive to obey;
Till the end of time,
I’ll still be there each day.

Jesus, I’m your servant here;
Self I have denied.
I will follow daily;
Be my faithful guide.
I am not ashamed of You;
Boldly I’ll proclaim.
I will go where’er you lead,
Discipling in Your name.
I know You’ll be with Me at all times,
Till the end of my life.
So I’ll follow gladly,
Out into the strife.