st. 1 = Gen. 1, Job 38:7
st. 2 = John 1:14, 1 Cor. 15
One of the best short hymns in the hymnal's Word of God section, "The Lord Almighty Spoke" is a crisp text, striking in its simplicity and its thought pattern. Stanza 1 extols God's creative word; stanza 2 celebrates the victory of Christ, the Word made flesh; and stanza 3 appeals to the Trinity to proclaim the coming kingdom.
Charles E. Watson (b. Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, 1869; d. Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, 1942) left the Church of England to study for the ministry in the Congregational Church. Beginning in 1898 he served Congregational churches at Lymm in Cheshire, Oakhill; in Somerset; and for the last thirty-three years of his life, the Rodborough Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Gloucestershire. He wrote two hymns and a prayer book for his congregation at Rodborough Tabernacle. This hymn was published in the Rodborough Hymnal in 1964. Stanza 3 was altered for publication in the Psalter Hymnal.
Because stanzas 1 and 2 are designed for teaching (only st. 3 addresses God), this hymn is most useful in conjunction with reading Scripture and preaching the Word. But it can be used at many points in the worship service, including the beginning and end.
ROK NOVY is an anonymous Slovak tune that was first published in Tobias Zavorka's Kancional of 1602, though it may date back into the fifteenth century. The tune title means "new year" and is the incipit of the Slovak Old/New Year text "Rok novy zase k nam prisel," traditionally associated with this…
Display Title: The Lord Almighty Spoke the WordFirst Line: The Lord almighty spoke the WordTune Title: SYDENHAM STREETAuthor: Charles E. Watson, 1869-1942Meter: 8 8 4 4 6Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:4; Job 38:1-41; Matthew 6:9-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:1-13; John 1:1-18; John 11:1-44; Hebrews 2:10-18Date: 1998Subject: Jesus Christ the Word | ; Sunday |
Display Title: The Lord Almighty Spoke the WordFirst Line: The Lord almighty spoke the WordTune Title: SYDENHAM STREETAuthor: Charles E. Watson, 1869-1942Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:1-4Date: 1982Subject: Call to Worship | ; Christ the Word | ; God the Creator | ; God's Majesty and Power | ; Holy Spirit | ; Kingdom Of God | ; Trinity | ; Worship |
Display Title: The Lord Almighty Spoke the WordFirst Line: The Lord Almighty spoke the wordTune Title: ROK NOVYAuthor: Charles E. WatsonMeter: 220.127.116.11.Scripture: Genesis 1; Job 38:7; John 1:1-5Date: 1995Subject: The Scriptures | ; Scriptures |
Display Title: The Lord Almighty Spoke the WordFirst Line: The Lord Almighty spoke the wordTune Title: ROK NOVYAuthor: Charles E. WatsonMeter: 88 86Scripture: Job 38:7; Genesis 1Date: 1987Subject: Preaching | ; Word of God | ; Christmas | ; Creation | ; Easter | ; Kingdom | ; Redemption | ; Trinity |