Brethren, we have met to worshipAuthor: George Atkins (1819)
Tune: HOLY MANNA
Published in 204 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
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 Brethren, see poor sinners round you
Slumb'ring on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving,
Can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers,
And our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray and holy manna
Will be showered all around.
3 Sisters, will you join 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.
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.
Then He'll call us home to heaven,
At His table we'll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself, and serve us
With sweet manna all around.
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
|First Line:||Brethren, we have met to worship|
|Author:||George Atkins (1819)|
|Liturgical Use:||Opening Hymns|
The author of this hymn has not been positively identified. It has been traditionally attributed to George Atkins, but no further information has been found about him or the text. The five stanzas of this text first appeared in print in the early nineteenth century. The fourth stanza (“Is there here a trembling jailer”) is often omitted. The final two lines of each stanza, are based on these lines: “pray, and holy manna will be showered all around,” which may be a reference to the story of God providing manna to feed the Israelites in the wilderness.
One issue with this text is the gender-specific language, particularly the emphasis on “brethren” in the first two stanzas, though the third stanza helps balance the wording by addressing “sisters.” One solution used by some hymnals is the substitution of “Christians” in place of “brethren” and “sisters.” The fourth and fifth stanzas are less affected by this.
The tune HOLY MANNA is traditionally attributed to William Moore, though just as with the text, this is not beyond doubt. Moore published the earliest known instance of this tune in his Columbian Harmony in 1825. HOLY MANNA is a pentatonic, folk-like tune and can be sung either at a moderate tempo in a four-four pattern or at a quick tempo with a cut-time meter. The tune name comes from the reference to “holy manna” in each stanza of the text.
This hymn may be used as a call to worship, as in “Christians, We Have Come to Worship,” which contains a choral opening sentence from the first two lines of the text. A longer choral call to worship blends “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” and “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” in “Come and Worship.” The later stanzas could be used after a sermon on evangelism as a call to action, as in the simple choral setting of this text to its traditional tune, “HOLY MANNA,” or a piano postlude, such as in “The Church Pianist's Library, Vol. 5.”
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (13)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #379||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||William Moore||188.8.131.52 D||Psalm 95:6||HOLY MANNA||A Flat Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #386||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||William Moore; David Winkler||184.108.40.206 D||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #296||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Askins||220.127.116.11 D||HOLY MANNA||A Flat Major||2010|
|Chalice Hymnal #277||Christians, we have met to worship||Christians, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||18.104.22.168 D||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||English||1995|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #396||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||Alfred V. Fedak||22.214.171.124 D||Exodus 16:4; Exodus 16:31; Deuteronomy 8:16; 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||HOLY MANNA||F Major or modal||English||2013|
|Sing Joyfully #49||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||William Moore||[Brethren, we have met to worship]||G Major||English||1989|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #207||We have come to join in worship||We Have Come to Join in Worship||George Atkins; Ken Bible||William Moore||126.96.36.199 D||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||English||1997|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #502||Christians, we have met to worship||Christians, We Have Met to Worship||Richard K. Carlson, 1956-; George Atkins, eighteenth century||William Moore; Norman E. Johnson, 1928-1983||188.8.131.52 D||Matthew 5:13-16; John 4:24||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||1996|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #585||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins||William Moore||184.108.40.206 D||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||1986|
|The SOUTHERN HARMONY and Musical Companion (containing a choice collection of Tunes, Hymns, Psalms, Odes, and Anthems selected from the most eminent authors in the United States and well adapted to Ch #a103||Brethren, we have met to worship||1987|
|The Worshiping Church #802||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins, 19th C.; Bryan Jeffery Leech||William Moore, 19th C.||220.127.116.11 D||John 6:58; Exodus 16:4; Psalm 119:2; Matthew 22:27-29; Revelation 21:5||HOLY MANNA||G Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #381||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||George Atkins, 19th cent||William Moore||18.104.22.168 D||Exodus 16:4||HOLY MANNA||G Major||English||1990|
|Worship and Rejoice #647||We have come to join in worship||We Have Come to Join in Worship||Ken Bible, 1950-; George Atkins, 18th c.||William Moore, 19th c.||22.214.171.124 D||Matthew 25:31-40; 1 John 4:19-21; Zechariah 4:6; 1 John 4:7-12; Exodus 16:31; Luke 14:21; Deuteronomy 8:16; Luke 4:18-19; Revelation 2:17||HOLY MANNA||G Major or modal||English||2001|