396. Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

1 Brethren, we have met to worship
and adore the Lord our God.
Will you pray with all your power
while we try to preach the word?
All is vain unless the Spirit
of the holy One comes down.
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
will be showered all around.

2 Sisters, will you come and help us?
Moses’ sister aided him.
Will you help the trembling mourners
who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior.
Tell them that he will be found.
Sisters, pray, and holy manna
will be showered all around.

3 Is there here a trembling jailer,
seeking grace and filled with fears?
Is there here a weeping Mary
pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them;
sisters, let your prayers abound!
Pray, O pray, that holy manna
will be scattered all around.

4 Let us love our God supremely;
let us love each other, too.
Let us love and pray for sinners
till our God makes all things new.
Christ will call us home to heaven;
at his table we’ll sit down.
Christ will gird himself and serve us
with sweet manna all around.

Text Information
First Line: Brethren, we have met to worship
Title: Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
Author: George Atkins (1819, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Scripture: Exodus 16:4; Exodus 16:31; Deuteronomy 8:16; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 95:6-7; Psalm 119:2; Psalm 122:1; Ezekiel 34:26; Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 22:37; Luke 4:18-19; Luke 12:35-37; Luke 22:30; John 4:23-24; John 6:58; John 10:18; Philippians 1:12-13; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 4:19-21; Revelation 2:17; Revelation 21:5
Topic: Compassion; Evangelism; Gathering3 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HOLY MANNA
Harmonizer: Alfred V. Fedak (2011)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Columbian Harmony, 1825
Copyright: Harm. © 2011 Alfred V. Fedak


Text Information:

This hymn comes out of the early 19th-century southern camp meeting experience, where believers were invited to pray for new converts, often likened to biblical characters such as Paul’s jailer (Philippians 1:12–13). As its name shows, the five-note tune was created for this text.


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