25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
calling for you and for me;
see, on the portals he's waiting and watching,
watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home;
ye who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling... O sinner... come home!
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
mercies for you and for me? (Refrain)
Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me. (Refrain)
Joyful Harts Music Library
Softly and Tenderly
1. The sound file is looped.
2. As the song plays the first time (During Verse 1),
introduce readings about Christ's call for us to be His followers. Emphasize that our burdens are indeed light as Jesus bears our burdens with us.
3. As the song continues, (During Verses 2 and 3)
Read Matthew 11:1-6, and Matthew 11: 25-30.
Let the song end.
4. When the song restarts, sing Verses 1-3 together
5. Prayer and Meditation.