God, We Have Come from Our Families and Homes

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God, we have come from our families and homes,
Seeking the things that will make us all one.
For we know now— the things that divide
And how divisions have hurt us inside.

You sent us Jesus, who prayed for his own:
“Make them all one so your love will be known.”
Making new friends— may we understand
We are love’s bearers throughout every land.

Great strength and might will not bring us success—
Yet by your Spirit our lives will be blest!
Give us new dreams— of what life can be;
Help us to work for a new harmony.

Lord, as we worship and sightsee and play,
And as we listen to what others say,
Days turn to weeks— until this time ends;
Gathered as strangers, may we leave as friends.


Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #54

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 >

Text Information

First Line: God, we have come from our families and homes
Title: God, We Have Come from Our Families and Homes
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2005)
Meter: 10.10.9.10
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: Copyright © 2005 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

Tune

SLANE

SLANE is an old Irish folk tune associated with the ballad "With My Love on the Road" in Patrick W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909). It became a hymn tune when it was arranged by David Evans (PHH 285) and set to the Irish hymn "Be Thou My Vision" published in the Church Hymnary (1927).…

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