Let Us Pray Together: "Brethren, We Have Met Together"
A family that prays together stays together.
This phrase has never been powerful, especially in a hymn called "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship." The hymn's real name is "Brethren, We Have Met Together," and the difference does not take away its meaning.
This hymn is one of the oldest published American folk hymns, and its staying power is a testament to the hymn's life.
This masterpiece by George Atkins (unknown-1816) was written in 1819. With a little inspiration from Psalm 95:6 and Psalm 99:5, this hymn is complete with the tune provided by William Moore (ca 1790- 1850). Moore used the tune "Holy Manna" for the lyrics, and it is highly appropriate. The hymn, with its melody, was published in Moore's Columbian Harmony' (1825).
Some versions of this hymn have six, five or even four stanzas. The number of lines remains the same: eight lines of worship dedicated to the Lord. This long hymn is a favorite and often used for the opening of service - an excellent way to start the highest form of prayer to God.
An Irish immigrant, George Askins tried his luck when he decided to move to the United States of America for the remainder of his life. He became a preacher in many places like Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. He has eight hymns attributed to him, and this hymn is his most famous work. Several versions of his surname exist including Askins, Atkins and other variations.
Little is also known about William Moore. This composer has his own share of hymns he wrote apart from the tunes he composed. He created six hymns and four tunes. His composed melodies include "Holy Manna," 'Living for the Master only,' 'The love of the Savior is precious' and 'Daylight is breaking, the Earth is awaking.'