God, Bless the Poet's Heart and Hand

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God, bless the poet’s heart and hand, creating songs of faith and praise;
Yet may each writer understand our words cannot contain your ways.

God, bless the ones who boldly dare to let the scriptures be their guide;
Yet may no one of us declare that you are always on our side.

God, bless the ones who teach and learn, who seek the truth by which to live;
Yet show us: Knowledge cannot earn the love that only you can give.

God, bless the ones who daily lead your churches, cities, nations, too;
Yet may these leaders humbly see their need to serve and follow you.

In Christ we daily live and grow; your Spirit guides us by your grace.
A mirrored image now we know; yet one day we’ll see face to face.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #63

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: God bless the poet's heart and hand, creating songs of faith and praise
Title: God, Bless the Poet's Heart and Hand
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2007)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Copyright: Copyright © 2007 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



TALLIS CANON is one of nine tunes Thomas Tallis (PHH 62) contributed to Matthew Parker's Psalter (around 1561). There it was used as a setting for Psalm 67. In the original tune the melody began in the tenor, followed by the soprano, and featured repeated phrases. Thomas Ravenscroft (PHH 59) publish…

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