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The Call for Reapers

Reapers now are needed for the fields of ripened grain

Author: Roger M. Hickman
Tune: [Reapers now are needed for the fields of ripened grain]
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Reapers now are needed for the fields of ripened grain,
Hear the Master calling, may His call be not in vain;
Rally to the summons, hasten to entrain,
To the harvest fields go forth today.

The fields are while to harvest and the laborers are few,
The call from ev’ry land and clime is coming now to you;
Awake ye sleepers, and join the reapers!
The harvest time is swiftly passing by;
The fields are white to harvest and the sickles timely wield,
Will save the sheaves from everlasting waste upon the field,
Awake, ye sleepers, and join the reapers.
And great reward for services will be given by and by.

2 “Go ye into all the world,” was Jesus’ last command,
Preach the everlasting gospel over sea and land;
Into ev’ry nation let His word expand,
He’ll be with you even to the end. [Refrain]

3 The field of labor is the world, the grain, a precious soul,
Who thro’ endless ages will the Master’s name extol;
Shall they thro’ your service safely reach the goal,
When the Lord of harvest shall return. [Refrain]

Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 3 #135

Author: Roger M. Hickman

Born: November 28, 1888, southwest Missouri. Died: February 25, 1968, Lakeland, Florida. Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland, Florida. Born in the Ozark foothills, Hickman moved to Independence, Missouri, at age 16, and studied music with instructors in Kansas City. He came to Christ at age 20, and studied at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where he met his wife. They served in the evangelism field together until her death in 1942. Roger went on to serve as music & Christian education director at churches in Louisiana & Florida. He directed the Music Department at the Baptist Bible Institute in Lakeland, Florida (1949-53), & wrote over 100 Gospel songs. He & Arthur McKee compiled the first volume of Tabernacle Hymns in… Go to person page >

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First Line: Reapers now are needed for the fields of ripened grain
Title: The Call for Reapers
Author: Roger M. Hickman
Refrain First Line: The fields are while to harvest and the laborers are few
Publication Date: 1921
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 3 #135

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