Dear Friend of Hymnary,

Please, before you close this box, would you today consider making a donation to Hymnary. Did you know that more than two million people came here in the first four months of 2017? These are people who have access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet thanks to this site, and they are grateful for the resources they find here.

But, as you can imagine, keeping this site going does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue.

So, if you benefit from, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do. You can make your tax-deductible contribution through the Calvin College donation page, or you can send a check to Hymnary at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary team, thanks.
Harry Plantinga

The Lord Almighty Spoke the Word

The Lord Almighty spoke the word

Author: Charles E. Watson (1942)
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Author: Charles E. Watson

(no biographical information available about Charles E. Watson.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Lord Almighty spoke the word
Title: The Lord Almighty Spoke the Word
Author: Charles E. Watson (1942)
Language: English
Copyright: © Rodborough Tabernacle United Reformed Church


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Gen. 1, Job 38:7
st. 2 = John 1:14, 1 Cor. 15

One of the best short hymns in the hymnal's Word of God section, "The Lord Almighty Spoke" is a crisp text, striking in its simplicity and its thought pattern. Stanza 1 extols God's creative word; stanza 2 celebrates the victory of Christ, the Word made flesh; and stanza 3 appeals to the Trinity to proclaim the coming kingdom.

Charles E. Watson (b. Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, 1869; d. Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, 1942) left the Church of England to study for the ministry in the Congregational Church. Beginning in 1898 he served Congregational churches at Lymm in Cheshire, Oakhill; in Somerset; and for the last thirty-three years of his life, the Rodborough Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Gloucestershire. He wrote two hymns and a prayer book for his congregation at Rodborough Tabernacle. This hymn was published in the Rodborough Hymnal in 1964. Stanza 3 was altered for publication in the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use:
Because stanzas 1 and 2 are designed for teaching (only st. 3 addresses God), this hymn is most useful in conjunction with reading Scripture and preaching the Word. But it can be used at many points in the worship service, including the beginning and end.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook




ROK NOVY is an anonymous Slovak tune that was first published in Tobias Zavorka's Kancional of 1602, though it may date back into the fifteenth century. The tune title means "new year" and is the incipit of the Slovak Old/New Year text "Rok novy zase k nam prisel," traditionally associated with this…

Go to tune page >



Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #283
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 4 of 4)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #626
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #195
Moravian Book of Worship #504Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #283Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Include 1 pre-1979 instance