A Hymn for Preachers of the Word

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At one time, I was an aspiring hymn writer/hymnologist.  Back in November 2005, I wrote a hymn for preachers. 

This is the charge we have to keep!
To tell it strong before His sheep
And rouse the lost out of their sleep!
O preach, O preach the Word of God!

Be ready, shepherds, to reprove
Exhort the church so it may move
To spread the truth, embraced with love!
O preach, O preach the Word of God.

The world moves out with itching ears
That long to hear what they hold dear
And mute the Word that’s all too clear!
O preach, O preach the Word of God!

With sober minds and patient hearts
We persevere as from the start
“Fulfill your calling — do your part!”
O preach, O preach the Word of God!

L.M. 

Copyright (c) 2005 by Matthew Perry, Boone’s Creek Baptist Church.  185 N. Cleveland Rd., Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 263-5466.

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5 thoughts on “A Hymn for Preachers of the Word

    Jim Lowe said:
    March 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Amen to the words! Did you write a tune for this or just use one of the LM tunes from hymnals? I tried several and especially liked singing it to Germany and Woodworth!

    Matthew R. Perry said:
    March 22, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Still working on an appropriate tune! We were going to sing it last Wednesday night to the HAMBURG tune (When I Survey), but we ran short on time. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Tim Etherington said:
    March 23, 2008 at 9:00 am

    That’s not bad! Sounds like an ordination hymn. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

    Ken Patrick said:
    March 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Matt, once again, this song is impressive. You have a writing talent and need to continue it.

    Roddie Taylor said:
    March 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Matt.
    Never knew of your hymn writing skills, you continue to amaze me, work on a tune for it and make it available, we at Mt Beulah will make it one of ours, especially long meter.
    Roddie.

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