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Voicing/Instrumentation: Primary Children/Primary Solo


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Comments for this piece:
From Lauren: This song has me in tears - it is so lyrical and beautifully written. I can't wait to have someone special sing it for us at my child's baptism this year! Simply perfect!
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Song background:

This was the song that started my music writing journey. My daughter's baptism was coming up.  We'd been learning in primary 'Jesus Once Was a Little Child' and i loved how often the word 'try' is said in the song. I wanted my daughter to know that Jesus does not expect instant perfection once we get baptised, but a life committed to trying. I wanted her to know that the covenant she was making with her Heavenly Father would give her power and strength.  I wanted her to know the beauty of repentance when she falls short, and above all I wanted her to know that her Saviour knows her name and knows her heart and accepts any sacrifice and offering she gives to him.

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Lyrics: Verse 1
Today is a new start,
I will give the Lord my heart.
I'll step down in to the waters
and pledge to do my part.
And though I'm still small
and I don't know it all,
I will try. I will try, to follow Jesus.

Chorus
I am willing I will try, I will strive to live a life that follows Jesus, I'll follow Jesus.
When I fall short or go astray,
I'll repent and change my ways
back to Jesus, my Saviour Jesus.
He knows my heart, He knows my name,
He accepts my offering.
With pow'r and strength through covenants
I'll become much more like Him.
I will try, I will try, to follow Jesus.

Verse 2
I will help a friend in need,
I'll be kind in word and deed.
I will stand as a witness,
the hungry I will feed.
But I am so small and I can't do it all
I will try. I will try, to follow Jesus.

Chorus
I am willing I will try, I will strive to live a life that follows Jesus, I'll follow Jesus.
When I fall short or go astray,
I'll repent and change my ways
back to Jesus, my Saviour Jesus.
He knows my heart, He knows my name,
He accepts my offering.
With pow'r and strength through covenants
I'll become much more like Him.
I will try, I will try, to follow Jesus.

Bridge
I will keep the commandments and I will stand tall,
I will give my best even when my best is small.
He knows my heart, He knows my name,
He accepts my offering.
With pow'r and strength through covenants
I'll become much more like Him.



Chorus
I am willing I will try, I will strive to choose the right
and follow Jesus, I'll be like Jesus.
When I fall short or go astray, He will never turn away.
Forgiving Jesus! My Saviour Jesus!
He gave His life, I'll take His name
and I'll remember Him.
Through the sacrament and the Holy Ghost,
Jesus cleanses me again.
I will try, I will try, I will try, I will try!
I will try, and with time, I'll be like Jesus

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