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I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

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I'm gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna pray so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna pray so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s grace grants our baptism, and gives us our identity and our calling; however, it is up to us, with a renewed spirit, to respond to his call. We understand that just as “God reminds and assures us of our union with Christ in covenant love,” he also is “expecting our love and trust in return” (Our World Belong to God, paragraph 37). 


“We hear the Spirit’s call to love one another…to accept one another and to share at every level…and so fulfill the love of Christ” (Song of Hope, stanza 12). As washed and sanctified people, God’s children are called to “more and more [we] become dead to sin and live holy and blameless lives,” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 26, Question and Answer 70) and this means “the dying away of the old-self, and the rising-to-life of the new” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 88). And so, as part of our baptism, God’s children are called to offer their lives to Christ. 


I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Words of Praise

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without
who does not accept a bribe against the
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

Additional Prayers

Holy God, through your Word and your Son you have taught us to love you
with our heart, and soul, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Pour out your Spirit upon us so that we may joyfully obey you
and live today with confident praise.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Tune Information

G Major



I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Composer Information

Wendell P. Whalum Sr. (1931-1987) was an African-American composer, author, educator. He is most noted as being the legendary director for thirty-four years of the internationally recognized Morehouse College Glee Club at Morehouse college in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated in 1952. He is also uncle to well-known jazz saxman Kirk Whalum. His well-known compositions include "Guide My Feet," "I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me," "The Lily of the Valley," "God Is A Good God," and "Sweet Jesus." Whalum was the third of five children born in Memphis, Tennessee on September 4, 1931. He had the ability in music to provide powerful concertized settings for spirituals, honoring both their beauty and power. Whalum also formed and directed The Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus, which he founded in 1966.
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