68. Giving God, We Pause and Wonder

Giving God, we pause and wonder: What would happen if we tithed—
If we gave our gifts, Creator, hearts and hands all opened wide?
We might learn, by gladly sharing, Not to trust in things we own
But to risk—it's part of caring—And to trust in you alone.

We could do abundant mission, Sharing Christ who claims and frees.
We could reach out with new vision In creative ministries.
No more bound by limitations Of what churches can't afford,
We could learn with jubilation Whole new ways to serve you, Lord.

In each country that was struggling, We could build a thousand schools,
We could feed a million orphans And give countless farmers tools.
As we gladly shared your blessings, Then the world might want to know:
"See! How loving are those Christians! Who's the One who makes them so?"

God, we know we cannot pay you For your love in Christ your Son.
Gifts and tithes are just a "thank you"—Ways to pass your blessings on.
We have learned that, in our sharing, We receive more than we give.
By your Spirit, make us daring, In this joyful way to live.

Text Information
First Line: Giving God, we pause and wonder: What would happen if we tithed--
Title: Giving God, We Pause and Wonder
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2006)
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-8; Malachi 3:8-10; Romans 15:25-26
Topic: Mission; Stewardship
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 2006 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Name: NETTLETON
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music



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