Monday, October 20, 2008

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette pens words that bear singing as another national election approaches

IN TIMES OF GREAT DECISION. Right before the 2004 Presidential election, a friend sent me the following contemporary hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. It is sung to the tune of "The Church's One Foundation." It bears singing as another national election approaches.

In times of great decision,
Be with us, God, we pray!
Give each of us a vision
Of Jesus' loving way.
When louder words seem endless
And other voices sure,
Remind us of your promise:
Your love and truth endure.

0 God, whose gifts are countless,
You send us bearing peace.
You fill our dreams with justice
For all communities.
You give us global neighbors
That all may justly live.
May those we choose as leaders
Reflect the life you give.

0 God, you bridged the distance;
You opened wide your door.
You call us by our presence
To reach to serve the poor.
You teach us: Welcome strangers!
Seek justice on the earth!
May those we choose as leaders
See every person's worth.

You call on every nation
To put aside all greed,
To care for your creation
And for Your ones in need,
To care for those in prison,
For children, for the ill.
In times of great decision,
may we choose leaders well.

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1 comment:

  1. Betsy Blake9:30 AM

    I just sent this on to my pastor! I found your blog while searching for a Ted Loder poem and really have enjoyed checking out your posts. Nice images,texts, tone, and ideas. Right on.

    ~Quaker from NC


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