I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Sheet MusicThe following was received from Clark Williamson, Director of Music Ministries and lightly edited:

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, our John Wesley Bell Choir will play Tammy Waldrop’s arrangement of “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”.   The ringers use both handbells and hand chimes during this prelude.  The music creates a very rhythmic and soulful setting of a popular spiritual based on the hymn tune “Sojourner.”  Special effects heard during the piece include:  bells struck with mallets, thumb damps, gyros, shakes, vibrato, and martellato (bumping the bell against the cushion).  This song is found in The United Methodist Hymnal on page 521.  The mood and theme of the spiritual is quite a plaintive plea for change, for redemption, and relates very well for the preparatory season of Lent. Here are some of the lyrics of the text:

“I want Jesus to walk with me.
I want Jesus to walk with me.
All around my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
In my trials, Lord walk with me.
When my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
When I’m troubled, Lord walk with me.
When my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.”