Hymn #584: I Am the Light of the World
Jim Strathdee wrote this song to meet the needs of an inner-city congregation in California. He named it LIGHT OF THE WORLD from the words of the refrain. The hymn was translated into Spanish and became popular in Panama and throughout Latin America.
Jim Strathdee and his wife, Jean, have traveled for more than twenty years, conducting workshops and leading conferences on church music.Strathdee continues to compose music for the wider church. In 1990, he became music director at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento, California.