1 Come and join the happy band,
Marching to the promised land,
Where our Father has His home beyond the sky;
‘Neath His banner wide unfurled,
Come and help Him win the word,
That they, too, may share His glories far on high.
There is blessing, there is blessing,
There is blessing in the service of the Lord.
Only those who love Him know
All the joy He will bestow;
Oh, there’s blessing in the service of the Lord.
2 Idle not the hours away,
Haste our Leader to obey,
True and faithful—do a strong and earnest part;
Any kindness you can show,
Anywhere He bids you go,
Serve Him ever with a loyal, loving heart. [Refrain]
3 He has work for you alone,
And His grace shall be made known,
Giving pow’r to all you are, or do, or say;
There is wonderful reward
In the service of the Lord—
Then be ready in His service day by day. [Refrain]
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >
Display Title: There is blessing, truest blessingFirst Line: Come and join the happy bandTune Title: [Come and join the happy band]Author: Mrs. Frank A. BreckDate: 1916Subject: Anniversaries | ; Brotherhood | ; Service | ; Watchfulness |
Display Title: Blessing in ServiceFirst Line: Come and join the happy bandTune Title: [Come and join the happy band]Author: Mrs. Frank A. BreckDate: 1904Subject: Comfort | ; Hope | ; Reward | ; Service |