Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

This text proclaims the power of God’s Word, spoken, read, and preached. The three stanzas rehearse the work of the Spirit through God’s Word: we hear, respond, understand. As a result, we pledge to make God’s gospel heard by lives that are “love in action.”

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

This song emphasizes our need to listen well, and includes a call to ourselves and others to receive it as God’s truth. Such prayers and exhortations implement the convictions of Belgic Confession, Article 24 and Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 32: “The Bible is the Word of God, the record and tool of his redeeming work. It is the Word of truth, breath of God, fully reliable in leading us to know God and to walk with Jesus Christ in new life.”

Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Acclamation
Gracious God, in every good life your word is at work. Your word smothers hatred and kindles love. Your word dispels envy and excites gratitude. Your word softens anger and hardens resolve to do what’s right. Today we gladly feast on your word through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness

Tune Information

G Major or modal
Meter D

Musical Suggestion

Pentatonic and in AABA form, this tune works well for canonical singing, with two groups one measure apart. Keep the accompaniment simple, perhaps with guitar (or auto harp) and a solo instrument on the melody. This Appalacian tune was intended for sturdy, unaccompanied singing in harmony. Here are some ideas for accompaniment:
Try an ostinato accompaniment (for either organ, piano, or handbell choir): play the alto, tenor, and bass lines of the first two measures as a repeated pattern for all three “A” sections, asking the congregation to sing in unison. For the “Be” section (line three) play the alto, tenor, and bass lines as written. This pattern also works well as an introduction and coda. The tune should have movement, but if played too fast it can sound rite and out of control. A nice walking tempo works well. 
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