We Look to You, O Jesus

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We look to you, O Jesus—in faith, our Pioneer—
For you have gone before us and brought your people here.
You showed us all God’s kingdom, you gave us work to do;
In death you went before us; for life, we turn to you.

We looked to you to guide us three hundred years ago;
How different was the land then, from this land that we know.
With towns and country growing, your people heard your call,
And so they built new churches, proclaiming you to all.

Through times of strife and anguish, through times of joy and grace,
Through conflicts with our culture, you’ve brought us to this place;
And still your world is changing, and still we seek to be
A church reformed, reforming in faithful ministry.

Perfecter of the faith, Lord, we look to you each day;
We work for peace and justice, we worship, learn and pray—
And witnesses surround us, a host of saints above,
As we continue sharing the joy of your great love.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #47

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: We look to you, O Jesus--in faith, our Pioneer--
Title: We Look to You, O Jesus
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2006)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: Copyright © 2006 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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