Hymn History: 'Pass It On'

September 21, 2021

Pender Choir and Congregation sang this as our final hymn on September 19, 2021

Music Director, Brian Stevenson, and Pender Pianist/Organist, Liz Eunji Sellers, accompanied the hymn.

Watch the entire service at https://youtu.be/bVxQSvDAPuM

"Pass It On" by Kurt Kaiser The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 572

It only takes a spark to get a fire going,
and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That's how it is with God's love once you've experienced it;
you spread his love to everyone;
you want to pass it on.

If you are a baby boomer, raised in the church, and born in the late 1940s or 1950s, you probably grew up singing Kurt Kaiser's "Pass It On" around a campfire or at youth group meetings.

This song reflects the power of a simple idea set to a singable tune. Such songs take on a life that the composer never considered. Mr. Kaiser notes, "I am always amazed how the Lord can take a little song and use it to reach so many people. It has been sung at countless weddings and funerals, at ordination services, by the Sea of Galilee, in Rhodesia, on the aircraft carrier Enterprise, and lots of camps."

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