Blest Are God's Peacemaking Ones

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Blest are God’s peacemaking ones, Sent to work in countless ways—
God’s own daughters, God’s own sons, Serving without seeking praise.
Yet like leaven in our bread, They persist to change us all.
By God’s Spirit, they are led To pursue God’s peaceful call.

Bless-ed are God’s prophets, too, Called to challenge what we know.
Working for a world that’s new, Calling us to change and grow.
Though the message that they bear Stands against what powers say—
It is Jesus’ word they share, News of God’s new breaking day.

God, through Jesus’ love and grace, May we live what we profess.
In the challenges we face, May we know what makes us blest.
May we stand against the wrong; May our thirst for you increase.
Give to us a prophet’s song! May we work to bring your peace!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #74

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: Blest are God's peacemaking ones, Sent to work in countless ways--
Title: Blest Are God's Peacemaking Ones
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2005)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: Copyright © 2005 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



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