Originally subtitled "An Offertory Hymn", the song was included in an LP recording called "Gonna Sing My Lord " which Wise released under his own Fontaine House label in 1966, and which was distributed by the World Library of Sacred Music (a fore-runner of WLP Publications). Sheet music to accompany it was published later, and today for this copyright is owned by GIA Publications.
With irregular meter, it is set to a tune also by Wise which is simply called TAKE OUR BREAD, which has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are EF G GAG FE F.
A suggested set of guitar chords is available here.
The hymn has crossed denominational and cultural boundaries is today used in many countries and settings. It is included in a number of in-print hymnals, including Hymns Old and New - Catholic edition 2009.
Church choir with band:
Small group with guitar:
The original recording:
Instrumental - piano arrangement:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on page 5 of this newsletter.
The song starts with a chorus, which is repeated after each of the two verses. A rough outline is:
Take our bread,We ask You: take our hearts,
We love You. Take our lives,
Oh Father; we are Yours, we are Yours.
1 Yours as we stand at the table You set ...
2 Your holy people standing washed in Your blood ...