Standing in the Need of Prayer

Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O Lord

Tune: [Not my brother, nor my sister]
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Full Text

Leader:
1 Not my brother, nor my sister,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer;

Leader:
not my brother, nor my sister,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer.

Refrain:
It's me, it's me, O Lord,
standing in the need of prayer;
it's me, it's me, O Lord,
standing in the need of prayer.

2 Leader:
Not the elder, nor the deacon,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer;

Leader:
not the elder, nor the deacon,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer. Refrain

3 Leader:
Not my father, nor my mother,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer;

Leader:
not my father, nor my mother,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer. Refrain

4 Leader:
Not the stranger, nor my neighbor,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer;

Leader:
not the stranger, nor my neighbor,
but it's me, O Lord,

All:
standing in the need of prayer. Refrain

Text Information

First Line: Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O Lord
Title: Standing in the Need of Prayer
Meter: Irregular
Source: African-American spiritual; Afro-American spiritual
Refrain First Line: It's me, it's me, it's me, O Lord

Notes

Like 264, "Standing in the Need" is an African American spiritual, and, like many folk songs, its origin is unknown. Both text and tune became well known after their publication in The Book of American Negro Spirituals (1925), compiled by James Weldon Johnson and his brother,]. Rosamond Johnson.

Using hyperbole, or exaggerating to make a point, the text brings a very specific message: "I need prayer!" Obviously all the other persons mentioned in the text need prayer as well-yet the text stresses the individual's need for prayer. Such an under¬standing of this text permits its use in corporate worship-in which we all realize that each of us needs prayer just as much as all of us need prayer. The text emphasizes personal responsibility within a larger context of community.

Liturgical Use:
As a call to prayer, this song should be part of a time of sung and spoken and silent prayers-for forgiveness, of course, but also for healing, for gratitude, for more fervent faith, and so on.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

[Not my brother, nor my sister]

STANDING is a call-and-response tune; the Psalter Hymnal has marked clearly the solo lead parts and the congregational-response parts, which are to be sung in harmony. Since most African American spirituals were originally sung unaccompanied, have the choir or even the congregation hum the accompani…

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #6313
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #265

Instances

Instances (14)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #441Image
Chalice Hymnal #579Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #493Text
Gather Comprehensive #579Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #516
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #177Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #265TextImageAudioScore
Songs for Life #46Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #388
The Cyber Hymnal #6313TextAudioScore
The New Century Hymnal #519Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #352TextImage
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #797Text
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #167



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