O God, Each Day You Bless Us

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O God, each day you bless us with gifts of your shalom:
You give us peace and justice, you welcome lost ones home.
You care for your creation and set your people free;
You offer us salvation and build community.

You make us sons and daughters—baptized and reconciled!
You show us each peacemaker is blest as your own child.
You fill us at your table with strength for each new day;
Then Spirit-filled we’re able to live your peaceful way.

We’ll worship, pray and study, to learn new skills for peace;
We’ll work as one strong body so justice will increase.
We’ll build new global friendships, seek peace in every land,
Protect the earth you gave us and give with outstretched hand.

You give your church a vision, a way of life, a prayer:
Your will is done in heaven; now bring in your reign here!
And when we wonder, grieving, at what the nations do,
God, may we work, believing there’s hope in serving you.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #76a

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: O God, each day you bless us with gifts of yoiur shalom
Title: O God, Each Day You Bless Us
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2004)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Copyright: Copyright © 2004 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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