God, We Join in Celebration

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God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness:
Long ago, our congregation gathered in the wilderness.
Long ago, your people worshiped, shared the gospel, served you well,
Celebrated grace and friendship, then went out, your love to tell.

What a faith-filled, rich tradition we are blest, O Christ, to know.
Guided by your Great Commission, many helped our church to grow.
Called by you to love their neighbors, thousands served you here with grace.
Thank you for their loving labors that have brought us to this place.

Grateful for the past you’ve given, now we look in hope to you.
Make us salt, and light, and leaven, working for a world that’s new.
By your Spirit, lead and guide us as your loving family,
Teach us, shape us, walk beside us! Send us out in ministry!


Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #49

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, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness
Title: God, We Join in Celebration
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Copyright: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

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