David Ashley White
Text George Atkins
Voicing SATB, kybd.
Topics Love of God and for Others, Opening of Worship
Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Length 1' 40" Released 3/1994
Catalog no. 410-621
Difficulty Mod. easy
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A joyful arrangement of the early American folk tune HOLY MANNA. This piece will help make the congregation want to worship.
Christians, 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;
Christians, pray, and holy manna
will be showered all around.
Let us love our God supremely,
let s love each other too;
let us love and pray for sinners
till our God makes all things new.
Then we'll be called home to heaven,
at his table we'll sit down;
Christ will gird himself and serve us
with sweet manna all around.
Text: Attributed to George Atkins, 19th cent.
"David Ashley White's Christians, We Have Met to Worship is something of an ideal example of the [hymn-anthem] form: it is creative without being cute; the tune and text flow effortlessly, but not obviously; and David clearly has something he wants to say through both of them. By making a great climax onThen we'll be called home to heaven,/at his table we'll sit down, he focuses on what is usually a throw-away line Christ will gird himself and serve us /with sweet manna all around. making its proclamation the purpose of the piece. I confess that I had never thought of this as either a potential Maundy Thursday text or as an important statement which links Word and Sacrament, while connecting the Upper Room, our Celebrations, and Eternity. Given the jaunty tune and the initial concentration on evangelical imagery ("met to worship," "pray with all your power," "preach the word"), it is hard not to remember them exclusively without David's help." -AAM Journal, October 1996