A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Brian Wren
Tune Name: CLAUDPHYL

Lyrics as Poetry

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!


Words by
Brian WrenCopyright © 1993 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Copyright © 1993 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

BRIAN WREN
from his book “Piece Together Praise” (p 65):


“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. In ancient tradition, Mary of Magdala is called ‘apostola apostotorum’ (apostle to the apostles).”


Piece Together Praise
(A Theological Journey)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)


Audio Sample

A PROPHET-WOMAN BROKE A JAR
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • Psalm 8:2
  • Proverbs 31:25-31
  • Joel 2:28-32
  • Matthew 19:14
  • Matthew 21:16
  • Matthew 26:6-16
  • Matthew 28:8-10
  • Mark 10:14-16
  • Mark 14:3-9
  • Mark 16:9-10
  • Luke 7:36-50
  • Luke 18:16
  • Luke 24:1-11
  • John 12:1-8
  • John 19:17-18
  • John 20:11-18
  • Acts 2:17-18
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33-35
  • Galatians 3:27-28
  • Ephesians 2:14-18
  • Colossians 3:11
  • 1 Timothy 2:11-15

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  • Easter
  • Empowerment
  • Free, Freedom
  • Gifts & Talents
  • GOD∶ love of
  • Inclusiveness
  • Pentecost
  • Prophets, Prophecy
  • Resurrection
  • Spirit
  • Truth
  • Wisdom
  • Women

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