Almighty Father, bless the word. [After Sermon.] This hymn appeared anonymously in Dr. W. A. Muhlenberg's Church Poetry, Philadelphia, 1823. It was repeated in the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, as No. 39, in 2 stanzas. It is found in several American collections, but is not in common use in Great Britain.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)