Be Doers of the Word of God

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Be doers of the word of God,
Not simply those who hear.
Be ones who look into God’s word,
Obey, and persevere.
Be quick to listen, slow to speak,
And slow to anger, too.
Put wrath aside; instead, be meek
And let God work in you.

Religion that is undefiled,
Religion that is pure
Will reach to help the orphaned child
And welcome all the poor.
If people come here poorly dressed,
To judge them is a sin.
The rich aren’t better than the rest;
God welcomes poor ones in.

O Christ, you save us by God’s grace
From having to obey.
Then freed to love, we can embrace
A life that seeks your way.
May we be doers of the word,
May faith shine through our deeds;
And as we seek to trust in God,
May ethics follow creeds.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #35

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: Be doers of the word of God
Title: Be Doers of the Word of God
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2003)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2003
Copyright: Copyright © 2003 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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