A PROPHET-WOMAN BROKE A JAR (words by Brian Wren)

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Lyrics

A prophet woman broke a jar,
by Love’s divine appointing.
With rare perfume she filled the room,
presiding and anointing.
A prophet woman broke a jar,
the sneers of scorn defying.
With rare perfume she filled the room,
preparing Christ for dying.

A faithful woman left a tomb
by Love’s divine commission.
She saw, she heard, she preached the Word,
arising from submission.
A faithful woman left a tomb,
with resurrection gospel.
She saw, she heard, she preached the Word,
apostle to apostle.

Though woman wisdom, woman truth,
for centuries were hidden,
unsung, unwritten and unheard,
derided and forbidden,
the Spirit’s breath, the Spirit’s fire,
on free and slave descending,
can tumble our dividing walls,
our shame and sadness mending.

The Spirit knows, the Spirit calls,
by Love’s divine ordaining,
the friends we need, to serve and lead,
their powers and gifts unchaining.
The Spirit knows, the Spirit calls,
from women, men and children,
the friends we need, to serve and lead.
Rejoice and make them welcome!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Brian Wren, from his book Piece Together Praise (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1996, page 64): “[This text was] commissioned by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s acceptance of women in ordained ministry.”

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