On June 3, 1985, James took up his appointment as student minister at College Point, New York, and spent part of the summer there with their pastor Bill Cameron and the congregation. Years later, when they were celebrating their sesquicentennial, they kindly remembered us, asking if we would write a hymn in celebration of that event. We were happy to oblige. James wrote a hymn loosely based on the Reformed Church's communion liturgy, with a refrain that echoed its Invitation "Come, all is ready". When the tune was forming, I kept thinking of my father's sister Margaret calling her four children, my cousins, to supper; hence the 2/4 section's C AA C A figure in the soprano voice, like the sound of a family being called together for a meal.
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