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Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  – Revelation 3:20 

The carillon tune for the month of March is the spiritual “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door.”  Traditionally it is sung during the period of Lent (which coincides with the month of March this year). Both the text and the tune originated as an African American spiritual. Unfortunately, very little is known regarding the exact origins of the hymn. It first started appearing in church hymnals in the early 1900s before surging in popularity in the mid-1970s. As of now, it can be found in about half the hymnals currently being published.

The text, based on the above scripture (Revelation 3:20), speaks of the Lord’s invitation to come and fellowship with us. The question is: will we let Him in? This is something worth pondering during the period of Lent as people consider their own commitments to God and spiritual living.

Lyrics:

Somebody’s knockin’ at your door;
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door;
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.

1. Knocks like Jesus, Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
Knocks like Jesus, Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.

2. Can’t you hear him? Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
Can’t you hear him? Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.

3.  Answer Jesus. Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
Answer Jesus. Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.

4.  Jesus calls you. Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
Jesus calls you. Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.

5.  Can’t you trust him? Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
Can’t you trust him? Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.
O sinner, why don’t you answer?
Somebody’s knockin’ at your door.