We Gather Together

 

Please read Matthew 6:25-33

The Dutch hymn of thanksgiving “We Gather Together” was written in 1597 by Adriane Valerius, who was a poet and wrote mostly about living a life of poverty. This poem is the basis of a celebration of a Dutch military victory over Spain in the Battle of Turnhout. The tune is a traditional Dutch folk melody. In the United States, it is a popular Thanksgiving hymn (Wikipedia: We Gather Together). You will find this in our United Methodist Hymnal, #131.

The original text translated into English by Theodore Baker in 1894: Verse 1: We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing; He chastens and...continue reading