God, When You Called Our Church by Grace

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God, when you called our church by grace,
This land was such a different place.
Yet what you spoke remains the same:
“I’ll be with you! Go in my name!”

Your promise is for everyone:
You call us here; your word is true!
We’ll be a faithful church for you!

Lord Jesus Christ, our cornerstone,
You meet us here; we’re not alone!
Through times of joy, through tears long-wept,
You are God’s love, God’s promise kept.

Your promise is for everyone:
You love us all, you make us new!
We’ll be a loving church for you!

O Holy Spirit, wind and flame,
You send us out in Jesus’ name.
You give us gifts that we may share
God’s love and justice everywhere.

Your promise is for everyone:
You give us gifts, and work to do!
We’ll be a serving church for you!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #50

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, you called our church by grace
Title: God, When You Called Our Church by Grace
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2000)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Copyright: Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



The Sunday school hymn writer William B. Bradbury (PHH 114) composed SOLID ROCK in 1863 for Edward Mote's "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less." The tune name derives from that song's refrain: "On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. . . .” Bradbury published SOLID ROCK in his 1864 children's collection…

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