Adress one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs

Driving home from church today, I was listening to Pandora Radio and "Down to the River to Pray" by Alison Krauss began to play.

It brought to mind the passage in Ephesians 5 where Paul instructs Christians to address "one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." Most of the time in worship, we think of addressing ourselves to God. I think that's appropriate most of the time, but there are points in worship when it's appropriate to address one another, to exhort, encourage or edify.

Which in turn brought to mind a favorite hymn of mine—"Brethren, we have met to worship." It's an American hymn, written by a Methodist pastor in 1819. Listen to the hymn at the link. The lyrics are below.

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.

Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumbering on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking 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.

Is there here a trembling jailer, seeking grace, and filled with tears?
Is there here a weeping Mary, pouring forth a flood of tears?
Brethren, join your cries to help them; sisters, let your prayers abound;
Pray, Oh pray that holy manna may be scattered 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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