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Brethren, We Have Met To Worship


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John Stebbe

 Genre: Gospel

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This is an old hymn which I am going to sing in church tomorrow morning. In the summer, the choir is off, and so our music director lines up all kinds of people to do the offertory, until September comes and the choir is back.

I made this recording to "get my head in the game," to help me to focus and concentrate on the beautiful text and melody of this song. What I like most about the text is the wonderful picture of heaven, on the last verse. "Christ will gird himself and serve us, with sweet manna all around."

I love the melody, also, because it is pentatonic. If you don't know what that means, it simply means that you could play every note of this melody on the black keys of the piano. It also makes it easier to sing!

Hope this song is a blessing to all who hear it. The Lord has truly blessed me through this song. What a beautiful way to enter into worship, for Christians to "get their heads into the game," and what a hopeful picture of our life to come.

The piano playing is me "live." (Well, maybe a few edits.) The piano sound comes from my Synthogy Ivory plug-in. My mic is a Shure 565SD dynamic mic, running through a FastTrack interface. My controller is a Yamaha P-120. I have a 2004 eMac with Tiger and GB3.
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Lyrics
Brethren, 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;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sister aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

Let us love our God supremely, let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners, till our God makes all things new.
Then He’ll call us home to Heaven, at His table we’ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself and serve us with sweet manna all around.
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Uploaded: Jul 16, 2006 - 08:40:47 AM
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2006 - 09:10:10 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2018 - 08:19:54 PM
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TobinMueller said 4360 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Encore
Sing more, please. I like your easy vibrato, the way it floats on tiptoes
over the melody. I feel a lightness of being that is cleansing. Thanks for
the Sunday morning peace.
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John Stebbe said 4355 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Encore
Tobin, you have a way with words. Did anyone ever tell you that you are very
creative?

Thanks for the kind comments, and for stopping by.

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said 4360 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
I agree with Tobin
You should sing more. Thank you for uploading this and I hope all went
well with your performance this Sunday.
John Stebbe said 4355 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
I agree with Tobin
Thank you, Mungo. I sang this at the 8:00 and 9:30 services. Went OK both
times. At 8:00, I had trouble with the arpeggio section after the first verse,
because the mic was in my line of sight with the keys. (Next time, a headset
mic!)

9:30 was better, but it sounded to me like my mic was not hot enough. A little
disconcerting.

Oh well, you do your best, and pray that the Holy Spirit will work through your
efforts, no matter how they turn out.

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RickW said 4360 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Wonderful job John
This is the first time I've heard you sing. You have a wonderful voice!
Would like to hear it more often. Of course, you were singing a wonderful
hymn, so that might explain it. :-)

God bless you,

Rick


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John Stebbe said 4360 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Wonderful job John
Thanks, Tobin, Mungo, and Rick. I do enjoy singing, and I'm glad you like the
sound.

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kristyjo said 4359 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
You could make a nice CD of this
and other hymns in this style. You use your voice in a way that focuses on the words and melody - not yourself. (Hard to explain, but I think you have an idea what I mean.) It's very nice and reflective.
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John Stebbe said 4355 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
You could make a nice CD of this
Thanks, K. I do try to let the words speak for themselves, and not embellish the
classic melody too much.

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said 4358 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Wow!
Your vox is wonderful here John. Please sing for us on future efforts as
well. Piano playing is very pretty. A nice interpretation of a classic hymn.

God bless!


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John Stebbe said 4354 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Wow!
Thanks so much, Michael, I appreciate it.

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dreadmon said 4358 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
Simply beautiful
This reminds me of a Gaither Trio tune - great voice and presentation John, as usual - you truly honor your gifts and your Maker!
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John Stebbe said 4354 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Simply beautiful
Comparing my stuff to the Gaithers' is a big compliment, Dreadmon, and I
appreciate it.

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Mcboy said 4356 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
nice
vocal control ....i agree more singing ..maybe more in the swinging vien
too......
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John Stebbe said 4353 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
nice
Thanks, McBoy.

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Joanna said 4353 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Beautiful
John, this is lovely. You have a great voice. And here I thought you
were just a piano virtuoso. The combination is incredible. And what a
gorgeeous hymn. I didn't know this one, so thank you for introducing it
to me. Really stellar work here.
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John Stebbe said 4353 days ago (July 23rd, 2006)
Beautiful
Thank you, Joanna, that's very kind. Coming from an excellent vocalist like you,
that's gratifying.

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bowens said 4306 days ago (September 7th, 2006)
Piano
Your piano playing is beautiful. I love this version of a great hymn.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2731 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
I never...
... knew that you sing. Great, strong voice and a lovely backing piano playing. You're the real deal, Mr. Stebbe; a faith-filled, talented artist. This is wonderful!
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MikeRobinson said 2221 days ago (May 23rd, 2012)
The old hymns, the fantastic arrangements, the vocals...
What's not to love? "These old familiar hymns" have some of the best lyrical poetry to be found anywhere. Add to this an arrangement that is simultaneously interesting (pentatonic...) and deceptively simple. Lay on top of it all a strong, rich voice. Fantastic! Thanks.
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Name: John Stebbe
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I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959. ... [see more]

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