st. 1 = Rev. 22:17
st. 2 = John 4: 14; 7:37
st. 3 = John 16:33
Vernon Luchies (b. Fremont, MI, 1927) wrote this text during his years as an inner-city pastor in Kalamazoo, Michigan (1969 - 1978). Written to complement a sermon on the Holy Spirit, the hymn was intended to be sung at the conclusion of worship. "Lord Jesus Is Calling" was first published in the Psalter Hymnal Supplement of 1974.
This invitation hymn (see also 534 and 535) uses the "living water" image from Christ's words in John 4:10-13 and 7:37-39. The text makes clear that this "water" is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, who instills joy in the hearts of believers and enables them to witness to others about salvation in Christ.
Educated at Calvin College and Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Luchies also served other congregations in Iowa, South Dakota, British Columbia, New York, and Kentucky before retiring in 1989. Luchies has had several hymns published and has written many articles for periodicals and newspapers.
As an invitation hymn during evangelistic services or for regular Sunday worship; Pentecost season.
After serving in the armed forces during World War I, Hilary P. Chadwyck-Healey (b. London, England, 1888; d. Harrow, London, 1976) entered the electrical business, a position he retained until his retirement in 1956. He also retained his strong interest in composition and published choral, piano, a…
Display Title: Lord Jesus Is Calling to All Who Will HearFirst Line: Lord Jesus is calling to all who will hearTune Title: RADWELLAuthor: Vernon LuchiesMeter: 11 11 11 11Scripture: John 4:14; Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 7:17; Revelation 22; Revelation 22:17Date: 1987Subject: Church and Mission | ; Cross of Christ | ; Holy Spirit | ; Invitation | ; Lord's Supper | ; Missions |