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Almighty Father, bless the word
which through thy grace we now have heard,
O may the precious seed take root,
spring up, and bear abundant fruit!
We praise thee for the means of grace
thus in thy courts to seek thy face,
grant, Lord, that we who worship here
may all at last in heaven appear.
According to , this hymn first appeared anonymously in William Augustus Muhlenberg's Church Poetry, 1823 and was in the Prayer Book Collection of hymns which appeared in the Episcopal Church in 1826.Anonymous, 19th century or earlier