For Freedom, Christ Has Set Us Free!

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“For freedom, Christ has set us free!”
What joy is ours to claim!
No more enslaved, humanity
Finds life in Jesus’ name.
We try, Lord, to be justified
Through all the works we do.
Yet you adopt us, saying, “Child,
It’s Christ who makes you new.”

We’re clothed in Christ and we belong;
Now no one waits outside.
In him we find our common song;
Old ways no more divide.
“It is no longer I who live,
But Christ who lives in me.”
He died for us, new life to give--
And new identity.

Now, Spirit-filled, may we be led
From ways that would destroy.
May we your people turn instead
To lives of love and joy.
May we find peace that makes us whole
And patience everywhere.
God, give us kindness, self-control,
And hearts and hands that share.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #31

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: "For freedom, Christ has set us free!" What joy is ours to claim!
Title: For Freedom, Christ Has Set Us Free!
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Meter: D
Copyright: © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.



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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