In Matthew's Gospel There Are Five

In Matthew's gospel there are five

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Tune: FAITH-MOTHERS
Published in 2 hymnals

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In Matthew's gospel there are five
faith-mothers called by name,
all ancestors of Jesus Christ,
each held in some disdain.
Now who would think such women would
do all that God had willed?
How strange that they were chosen so
God's plan might be fulfilled!

Refrain
If God could find a use for them
their faithfulness ignite,
then surely God can use us too.
as bearers of the light.

Poor Tamar, wife unwanted and
a widow once again,
determined she would not depend
on whims of selfish men,
so, wily woman that she was,
she did more than complain,
and, taking matters in her hands,
soon turned her loss to gain. Refrain

Fair Rahab lived in Jericho,
a woman of the night.
When Joshua sent his men to spy,
she hid them out of sight.
She told the king that they had left
and gone another way.
She trusted that God's people were
in Jericho to stay. Refrain

The widow Ruth, a Moabite,
left her own land behind.
She went to live in Bethlehem,
and wed a farmer kind.
The son she bore to Boaz caused
Naomi's heart to sing,
and made this foreign Moabite
grandmother to a king. Refrain

Uriah's wife was beautiful.
Bathsheba was her name.
King David claimed her as his own,
and loved her, to his shame.
To this unholy union then
was born a little son
who carried on the line that led
unto the Promised One. Refrain

Young Mary lived in Nazareth,
where she was to be wed
to Joseph, village carpenter,
but then an angel said,
"Dear Mary, you are now with child."
She smiled, "Let it be so.
Our God has done great things for me."
And Joseph said, "I know." Refrain

In Matthew's gospel there are five
faith-mothers called by name,
all ancestors of Jesus Christ,
each held in some disdain.
If God could find a use for them,
despite their human plight,
then we can dare to hope we too
have value in God's sight. Refrain

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: In Matthew's gospel there are five
Title: In Matthew's Gospel There Are Five
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Language: English
Copyright: © 1998 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Co. (text reprinted by permission)

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