|First Line:||As we gather at your table|
|Title:||As We Gather at Your Table|
|Author:||Carl P. Daw|
|Copyright:||© 1989, Hope Publishing Co.|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
Carl P. Daw, an Episcopal priest and writer, was commissioned to write this hymn in 1989 for a tricentennial celebration of an Episcopal church in Virginia. He writes in his notes on the hymn “The motto for the celebration was 'Repeat the sounding joy,' which the committee hoped to have incorporated into the text.” (A Year of Grace, p. 160) Those words, which are from the second stanza of Isaac Watts's “Joy to the World,” are the last line of Daw's hymn. “The first stanza calls attention to the two interrelated parts of the Eucharist, Word and Table, by intentionally mixing the language associated with each part.” (A Year of Grace, p. 160) The second stanza is derived from parts of the liturgy for a Communion service from the Book of Common Prayer. The third stanza is based on the Parable of the Banquet, and concludes with the celebration's motto.
For a recent hymn that has been published in only about a dozen hymnals, “As We Gather at Your Table” has a large selection of tunes from which to choose. According to Daw, a tune was to have been commissioned for this text (A Year of Grace, p. 160), but this evidently did not happen. He lists HOLY MANNA, RAQUEL, and IN BABILONE as suitable tunes, all of which have been used in addition to BEACH SPRING, ECCE DEUS, and PLEADING SAVIOR. BEACH SPRING and RAQUEL are used most often.
BEACH SPRING is a pentatonic tune from The Sacred Harp (1844). Benjamin F. White, one of the publishers of that collection, may have been the composer. He lived in Harris County, Georgia. The tune is named after Beach Spring Baptist Church, which is in Harris County.
RAQUEL is a relatively recent tune by Skinner Chávez-Melo, a Hispanic church musician and composer. It was written in 1983 and originally paired with Spanish text by the composer. Chávez-Melo was involved with the production of The Hymnal 1982, as was the hymnologist for whom the tune is named, Raquel Gutierrez-Achon.
This hymn is suitable for use during a Communion service. The opening line of the hymn suggests being sung before Communion; however, the second and third stanzas look toward the future, so it is also appropriate for closing the service after Communion.
One instrumental setting of BEACH SPRING that could be used during Communion is “Beach Spring” for solo handbells and piano. A peaceful setting of “Beach Spring” for woodwind quintet and piano trades the melody between the quintet members. “Cello Solos for Worship” includes a sprightly setting of BEACH SPRING in medley with WARRENTON, another Sacred Harp tune. This arrangement is also available for other instruments, such as violin and French horn
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 19 of 19)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Catholic Book of Worship III #583||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||NETTLETON||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||1994||Christian Living | ; Feast | ; Gathering | ; Justice | ; Witness ||
|Common Praise (1998) #61||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||ECCE, DEUS||Carl P. Daw, Jr. (1944-)||87 87D||Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Matthew 9:9-13; Matthew 18:1-5; Mark 2:13-22; Mark 9:30-37; Luke 13:22-30; John 1:43-51; Romans 12:1-21; Colossians 1:11-20; 2 Peter 1:16-21||1998||Eucharist | ; Mission | ; Images of God ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #522||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||IN BABILONE||Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944||8 7 8 7 D||2006||Gathering | ; Holy Communion | ; Justice, Peace | ; Word of God ||
|Gather (3rd ed.) #839||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||HOLY MANNA||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||8 7 8 7 D||Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 14:7-24; Luke 14:21-24; Ephesians 4:32||2011||Eucharist | ; Evangeilism | ; Feast | ; Gathering | ; Images of God | ; Presence of God | ; Reconciliation | ; Service | ; Thanksgiving | ; Welcome | ; Witness | ; Word of God ||
|Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #738||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your Table||HOLY MANNA||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||8 7 8 7 D||2004||Eucharist | ; Teaching | ; Word ||
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #528||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at Your table||RAQUEL||Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1944-||188.8.131.52 D||1 Corinthians 11:24||2007||Church | ; Ecumenism / Interfaith | ; Evangelism | ; Forgiveness | ; Lord's Supper | ; Opening of Worship | ; Peace | ; Serviice | ; Witness ||
|Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #685||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your Table||HOLY MANNA||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b.1944||8 7 8 7 D||Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 14:21-24; Ephesians 4:32||2012||Body and Blood of Christ | ; Eucharist | Sacraments; Communion | ; Evangelization | ; Feast | ; Gathering | ; Presence of God | ; Reconciliation, Atonement, Forgiveness | ; Service | ; Welcome | ; Witness | ; Word of God; Gospel ||
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #685||As We Gather at Your Table (Al Reuinirnos en Tu Mesa)||As we gather at your table (Al reunirnos en tu mesa)||NETTLETON||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944; Georgina Pando-Connolly, b. 1946||8 7 8 7 D||Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 14:21-24; Ephesians 2:14-17; Ephesians 4:32||2013||Rites of the Church | Eucharist; Ritos de la Iglesia | Eucaristía; Bienvenida | ; Welcome | ; Evangelización | ; Evangelization | ; Feast | ; Fiesta | ; Gathering | ; Reunión, Entrada | ; Palabra de Dios | ; Word of God | ; Presence of God | ; Presencia de Dios | ; Reconciliación | ; Reconciliation | ; Service | ; Servicio ||
|Praise y Adoración: a bilingual hymnal : un himnario bilingüe #72a||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||Carl P. Daw Jr, b. 1944||2016||Sacraments | ; Sacramentos ||
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #461||As we gather at your table||As we gather at your table||87 87 D||1999|
|Sing the Faith #2268||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||RAQUEL||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||87l87 D||2003|
|Sing! A New Creation #245||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||PLEADING SAVIOR||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||87 87 D||Matthew 22:14; Luke 14:24; Colossians 3; Acts 2:47||2002||Lord's Supper ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #551||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||BEACH SPRING||Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1944-||184.108.40.206.D.||1996||Gathering ||
|The Faith We Sing #2268||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||RAQUEL||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||87.87 D||2001||The Sacraments of the Church | Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord's Supper)|
|The New Century Hymnal #332||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||BEACH SPRING||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||220.127.116.11.D.||Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 22:1-10||1995||Holy Communion | ; Year A | Proper 23|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #457||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||BEACH SPRING||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||8 7 8 7 D||1996||The Church at Worship | Holy Communion; Christian Experience | ; Justice | ; Service Music | Gathering, Call to Worship, Greeting; Witness | ; Proper 23 | Year A|
|Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #763||As we gather at your table||As we gather at your table||RAQUEL||Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944)||87.87.D||Luke 24:13-35||1997||Hymns and Spiritual Songs | Eucharist|
|Worship (4th ed.) #831||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||HOLY MANNA||Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944||8 7 8 7 D||2011||Gathering ||
|Worship and Rejoice #695||As We Gather at Your Table||As we gather at your table||BEACH SPRING||Carl P. Daw, Jr. 1944-||18.104.22.168.D.||Matthew 22:8-10; Ephesians 2:14-17; Matthew 6:12; Colossians 3:13; Luke 13:30; Colossians 2:13; Luke 11:4; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 20:16; Luke 14:21-24||2008|