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|
|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 (1 - 25 of 25)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #379||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||188.8.131.52.D.||Psalm 95:6||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #386||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||184.108.40.206.D.||2008||Family of God, Fellowship of Believers | ; Praise, Adoration, Worship, Exaltation of God ||
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #296||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Askins||220.127.116.11 D||2010||The Church as Community | Gathering; Praise and Adoration-God | ; Worship | ; Worship-Gathering ||
|Chalice Hymnal #277||Christians, We Have Met to Worship||Christians, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||87.87D||1995||God's Church | The Church at Worship: Gathering; Gathering | ; Love | ; Worship ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #396||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||18.104.22.168.D||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||2013||Compassion | ; Evangelism | ; Gathering | ; Love for Others | ; Prayer | ; Sabbath ||
|Hymnal: A Worship Book #8||Brethren, we have met to worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||1992||<cite>The Columbian Harmony</cite>, 1825|
|Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #20||We Have Come to Join in Worship||We have come to join in worship||HOLY MANNA||Ken Bible, 1950-; George Atkins, 1793-1827||22.214.171.124.D.||2015||Praise to God ||
|Praise y Adoración: a bilingual hymnal : un himnario bilingüe #109a||Brethren, We Have Met for Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||George Atkins, 1793-1827||2016||Worship | ; Adoración ||
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #19||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||1979||Worship | General|
|Rejoice Hymns #577||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins, 19th Century||126.96.36.199.D.||Psalm 95:6||2011||Church | Fellowship of Believers; Missions and Evangelism | ; The Church ||
|Sing Joyfully #49||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||[Brethren, we have met to worship]||George Atkins||1989||Worship ||
|Small Church Music #837||Holy Manna||We have come to join in worship||HOLY MANNA||Ken Bible|
|Small Church Music #875||Holy Manna||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||87.87 D|
|Small Church Music #1987||Holy Manna||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins|
|Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #448||Brethren, We have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||[Brethren, we have met to worship]||George Atkins||1989||Choir and Special ||
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #207||We Have Come to Join in Worship||We have come to join in worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins; Ken Bible||188.8.131.52.D.||1997||Opening of Worship ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #502||Christians, We Have Met to Worship||Christians, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||Richard K. Carlson, 1956-; George Atkins, eighteenth century||184.108.40.206.D.||Matthew 5:13-16; John 4:24||1996||Gathering | ; Going Forth | ; Worship ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #622||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #585||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||220.127.116.11.D.||1986||Church | Fellowship of Believers (Unity); Opening of Service | Hymns and Songs|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #59||Holy Manna||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||1991|
|The Worshiping Church #802||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins, 19th C.; Bryan Jeffery Leech||18.104.22.168.D.||John 6:58; Exodus 16:4; Psalm 119:2; Matthew 22:27-29; Revelation 21:5||1990|
|Timeless Truths #1027||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins||22.214.171.124||Psalm 95:6||Worship |||Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Brethren_We_Have_Met_to_Worship); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/b/r/brethren.htm)|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #381||Brethren, We Have Met to Worship||Brethren, we have met to worship||HOLY MANNA||George Atkins, 19th cent||126.96.36.199.D.||Exodus 16:4||1990||Preaching | ; The Church | The Opening of Worship; Evangelistic | ; Heaven | Home; Hell ||
|Worship and Rejoice #647||We Have Come to Join in Worship||We have come to join in worship||HOLY MANNA||Ken Bible, 1950-; George Atkins, 18th c.||188.8.131.52.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||2008|
|Worship Together #12||We have come to praise and worship||We have come to praise and worship||HOLY MANNA||1995|