Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Short Name: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Full Name: Gillette, Carolyn Winfrey, 1961-
Birth Year: 1961

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 Churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Reformed Church in America, the Souper Bowl of Caring, the National Council of Churches, and Church World Service. United Methodist Bishop William Boyd Grove and Carolyn were commissioned to write hymns for the inauguration services for Churches Uniting in Christ.

Carolyn's book Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) is a collection of forty-five of her hymns. Her hymns are also in the new supplements for the Episcopal and Presbyterian hymnals. The United Church of Canada's hymnal supplement (2007) will include six of Carolyn's hymns. The Circuit Rider, The Christian Century, The Presbyterian Outlook, Presbyterians Today, Horizons, Ideas! For Church Leaders, Church & Society, and other magazines have published her hymns. Two of her anthems were recently published by the Choristers Guild. Carolyn was commissioned to write the lead article for the special issue on "Singing Our Lives" for Baylor University's Christian Reflection journal in 2006.

Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. They had previously served as co-pastors in Pitman, New Jersey, for ten years. (Pitman started as a Methodist Camp Meeting, and it is where "In the Garden" was first sung.) They wrote the ecumenical guide for the popular Active Parenting Now (third edition) with Mary Jane Pierce Norton of The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship as a consultant. They wrote the study/action guide for Transforming Families and the Christian Family Week worship and educational resource for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

She was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia on May 28, 1961. She grew up in a Methodist family, and her father was a graduate of Drew Seminary. She was baptized and confirmed in Methodist congregations. She graduated from United Methodist Church-related Lebanon Valley College, and her parents continue to be active members of a United Methodist congregation in Hagerstown, Maryland.

A Prayer for Our Children (Lament and Prayer about Violence & School Shootings)
A Voice Was Heard in Ramah (prayer for peace in Middle East and beyond)
All the Music Sung and Played Here (church music)
An Eagle Is Soaring (rise up on wings like eagles)
Another Son Is Killed/other title (peace)
Be Doers of the Word of God (James)
Bigger Barns (Jesus’ parable of the rich fool)
Blessed Are the Poor Among You (Beatitudes in Luke)
Christ Be With Us (Mission, Lord's Supper & Church Unity)
Christ Taught Us of a Farmer (100th Anniversary of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Warren, IL)
Christ, You Walked Among the Grain Fields (Food Resource Bank)
Come, You Hungry Ones (Service of Wholeness and Healing)
Creator God, You Made the Earth (creation/Sabbath)
Creator of the Water (Baptism)
Creator, We Thank You for All You Have Made (beauty of creation in everyday)
Down by the Jordan (Jesus’ baptism)
Early On a Sunday (Easter)
Fear Not!” the Angel Said (Christmas)
For Freedom, Christ Has Set Us Free! (Galatians)
For This Land In All Its Wonder (Hymn for the Nation)
Gifts of Love Our Lord Has Given (Ten Commandments)
Giving God, We Pause and Wonder (vision for tithing)
Go Walk with God (Benediction Response or Goodbye Hymn for Those Moving Away)
God Made the Heavens and the Earth (Creation and Environmental Stewardship)
God of Creation (Katrina Relief)
God of Generations (Church for All Ages)
God of Love, We Sing Your Glory (Limestone’s 50th)
God of the Women (Biblical Women and Ministry)
God Your Blessings Overflow! (Thanksgiving)
God, How Can We Comprehend? (refugees)
God, How Many Are A Thousand (New Year)
God, In Joy We Gather (Wedding)
God, May Your Justice Roll Down (justice)
God, We Await Your Advent Here (Advent & Simpler Living)
God, We Have Come From Our Families and Homes 30th Anniversary of Ulster Project/DE
God, We Join in Celebration (Neshaminy Presbyterian Church anniversary)
God, We Sing and Worship (Confirmation)
God, We Spend a Lifetime Growing (older adults)
God, We Walk Through Death's Deep Valley (Funeral)
God, We’ve Known Such Grief and Anger (9/11 anniversary)
God, What a Faith-Filled Mystery! (Good Friday and Atonement)
God, When You Called Our Church by Grace (Blackwood Presbyterian Church anniversary)
God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger (peace)
God, With Joy We Look Around Us (racial justice)
God, You Give Us Recreation (A Hymn for Souper Bowl Sunday)
God, You Love the World! (Mission Trip Dedication or Closing Hymn)
God, You Wrap Your Love Around Us (A Hymn for Church World Service's Blanket Sunday)
God, Your Gift of Peace is Precious (Peacemaking)
God, Your Love and Care Surround Us (funeral)
God's Great Love is So Amazing! (Luke 15 Parables of Lost Sheep, Coin and Son)
Hear My Prayer For Unity (Christian Unity and Jesus' Prayer in John 17)
How Lovely Is Your Church, O Lord (Episcopal anniversary)
I Believe (The Apostles' Creed)
In Cana at a Wedding Feast (Jesus' Miracles)
In Times of Great Decision (Election Hymn on NCC Principles)
Jesus Sat and Watched the Crowd (stewardship)
Jesus, You Once Called Disciples (calling disciples)
Listen, Sisters! Listen, Brothers! (I Corinthians 15)
Long Ago, God Reached In Love (Covenant and Salvation History)
Looking Back, O God, We Wonder - 350th Anniversary of the New Castle Presbyterian Church
Lord, What A Cloud of Witnesses! (church history)
Lord, What Is All Our Fighting For? (prayer for peace)
Mary Heard the Angel's Message (Mary's Story)
O God of Life, Your Healing Touch (Baylor Medical Mission)
O God of Light, May Our Light Shine (Matthew 5:13-16)
O God Our Creator, You Work Every Day (Labor Day)
O God, Be Merciful To Me (Psalm 51)
O God, Each Day You Bless Us A Hymn for the Commitment to Peacemaking
O God, in Your Love (Inclusive Church)
O God, Our Words Cannot Express (9/11)
O God, We Rage at Hurtful Things (healing)
O God, Whose Loving Has No End (funeral)
O God, You Made the Sabbath Day (Sabbath)
O Lord, As You Were On Your Way (transfiguration)
O Lord, You Called Disciples (calling disciples) Bay Minette, AL
On This Day of Celebration (A Hymn for the Millennium Ecumenical Service)
On You All Life Depends* (Jesus’ miracles of healing)
Our God, We Are a Church Reformed (Faith in the Reformed Tradition)
Our God, You Called to Moses (Moses’ call)
Our Lord, You Stood in Pilate’s Hall (Christ the King Sunday)
Our Lord, You Were Sent (Jesus’ temptation)
Peter Said, “I’m Going Fishing” (post-resurrection account)
Remember Me (various covenant stories)
She Came to Jesus (the Canaanite woman’s faith)
Sing Out! Sound the Trumpets! Proclaim Jubilee! (Jesus' Ministry in Luke 4)
Some Work in Mines So Dark and Deep
Spirit of God (Holy Spirit)
Thank You, God, for Peaceful Ones (peace)
The Earth is the Lord’s (environment)
The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5)
The Storm Came to Honduras (Support for Relief Work)
There Are Many Gifts for Sharing (ordination/installation)
There is a Mighty Question (Jesus' Second Coming and First Sunday of Advent)
This is a Taste of God’s Great Reign*? (Communion)
We Come to This Table (World Communion/Peacemaking)
We Enter Your Church (baptism)
We Gather at Your Table, Lord (Lord's Supper)
We Look to You, O Jesus 300th Anniversary American Presbyterians Oct 1, 2006, in Phila
We Thank You, God, for Teachers (A Hymn for Christian Education)
Welcoming God (Inclusive Church)
What a Joy, This Habitation! (Hymn for Dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Home) BABILONE "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy"
What a World of Sound (Christmas)
When Did We See You Hungry, Lord? (A Hymn-Dialogue based on Matthew 25:31-46)
When Hands Reach Out (disabilities/abilities)
When Mary Poured a Rich Perfume (anointing of Jesus)
When We Were a Younger Nation 175th Anniversary of First Presbyterian Allentown, PA
When You Are Praying (Jesus' Teaching on Prayer)
Where Is Bread? (hunger and justice issues)
Who Is My Neighbor?* (Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan)
Why Is This Night Different? (Passover)
You Call Us, Lord, to Worship (order of worship)
You Formed Us in Your Image, Lord (family ministries)
You Gave Your Church a Voice (Pentecost)
You’ve Called Us Together (COCU/CUIC/ecumenical)
Your Grace Is Overwhelming (workers in the vineyard)
Your Word is Like a Lamp, O Lord (The Bible and Prayer for Illumination)

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A Roman centurion sought out the LordCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
A voice was heard in RamahCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
Abraham journeyed to a new countryCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
All of life is filled with wonderCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
All of you who walked in darknessCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
All the music sung and played here is a gift, O God, from youCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
An eagle is soaring and turning and divingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Another son is killedCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)3
Be doers of the word of GodCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Bigger barns are what I need," so a rich man said one dayCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Blessed are the poor among you, Jesus saidCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Blest are God's peacemaking ones, Sent to work in countless ways--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Children are welcome, Christ said one dayCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Christ be with us, Christ behind usCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Christ taught us of a farmer who went out sowing seedsCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Christ, you are the SaviorCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Alterer)2
Christ, you walked among the grain fields, Finding lessons all aroundCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Come, you hungry ones," Jesus saidCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Creator God, you made the earthCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Creator of the water that makes the world so greenCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Creator, we thank you for all you have madeCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Do not turn away the childrenCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Down by the Jordan, a prophet named John was baptizingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Early on a Sunday, women went to weepCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Fear not!" the angel said, "God's joy is in the air!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
"For freedom, Christ has set us free!" What joy is ours to claim!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
For this land in all its wonder, for each city, farm, and townCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Gifts of love our Lord has given, Words of life "I'm your God!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Giving God, we pause and wonder: What would happen if we tithed--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Go walk with God in all you doCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
God bless the poet's heart and hand, creating songs of faith and praiseCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, how can we comprehend --Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
God, how many are a thousandCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, in joy we gather, giving thanks for marriageCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
God made the heavens and the earthCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, may your justice roll down like the waters you send hereCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God of all learningCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God of creation, We have seen the horror--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God of generations, we are all your childrenCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God of love, we sing youir glory and we offer you our praiseCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God of the women who answered your callCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we await your advent hereCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we have come from our families and homesCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we have heard it, sounding in the silenceCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulnessCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we sing and worship, joining friends and neighborsCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we spend a lifetime growing, learning of yoiur love and careCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
God, we walk through death's deep valleyCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, we've know such grief and angerCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
God, what a faith-filled mysteryCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God whose love is always stronger Than our weakness, pride and fearCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)5
God, with joy we look around usCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, you called our church by graceCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, you give us recreation, rest and play when work is throughCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, you love the world! You sent your only SonCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, you wrap your love around usCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, your blessings overflow!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, your gift of peace is preciousCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God, your love and care surround us every moment, every dayCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
God's great love is so amazing!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
Have the mind that was in JesusCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Hear my prayer for unity"Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Ho Dio, mankas vortoj por la hodiaŭa kri'Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
How lovely is your church, O LordCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
I believe in God the FatherCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"If only I had known the cost of human greedCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
In a feedbox, in a stableCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
In Cana at a wedding feastCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
In Haiti, there is anguish that seems too much to bearCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
In times of great decision, Be with us, God, we pray!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Jesus asked one day, "What do others say?"Carolyn Winfrey Gilette (Author)2
Jesus sat and watched the crowdCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Jesus, we know your love in thisCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Jesus, you once called disciples, choosing twelve to follow youCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Listen, sisters! Listen, brothers!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Long ago, God reached in loveCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Long ago, when Pharaoh's daughter walked along the riversideCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Looking back, O God, we wonder of that time in historyCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Lord, what a cloud of witnessesCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Lord, what is all our fighting for?Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Mary gladly told her cousinCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
Mary heard the angel's messageCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
No longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or free--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
No one knows the day or hourCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
O Christ, when you ascendedCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God, be merciful to meCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God, each day you bless us with gifts of yoiur shalomCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God, in your love you have made us uniqueCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God of life, your healing touchCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God of light, may our light shineCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God of mighty wind and flameCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God, our Creator, you work every dayCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God, our hearts were shatteredCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God, our words cannot expressCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O God, the things that make for peaceCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God, we rage at hurtful thingsCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God whose loving has no endCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God, you give welcome; you care and provideCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O God, you made the Sabbath dayCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
O Jesus, you were born to beCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O Lord, as you were on your way to where you'd one day dieCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
O Lord, you called disciples, proclaiming, "Come and see!"Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
On the beach, the waves of watersCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
On this day of celebrationCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
One day, the news was grimCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Our God, we are a church reformedCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Our God, we sing and celebrate! Your grace to us is clear!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Our God, you called to Moses to set your people freeCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Our Lord, you stood in Pilate's hallCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Our Lord, You were seent to a place wild and vastCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Perhaps you have been chosenCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Peter said, "I'm going fishing"Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
Remember me--the God who saves--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
She came to Jesus from outside the foldCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
Sing out! Sound the trumpets! Proclaim jubilee!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Spirit of God, you moved over the watersCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
The candle of hope we light in this hourCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
The children come, not sure where they are goingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. Creation reminds us, O God, of your loveCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
The fruit of the Spirit is love for our sharingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
The love of Christ Jesus is urging us onCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
The storm came to Honduras, to Nicaraguan townsCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
There are many ways of sharing, But God's Spirit gives each oneCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
There is a mighty questionCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
To a place of celebrationCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
We come to this table, O God, with thanksgivingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We enter your church, Lord, through welcoming doorsCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We gather at your table, LordCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We hear, Lord, your promise: "My grace is sufficient!"Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We join in proclaimingCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We look to you, O Jesus--in faith, our Pioneer--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We love to sound yoiur praises To lift our hands aboveCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
We thank you, God, for teachersCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
What a joy, this Habitation!Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
What a world of sound it must haveCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Whatever you do to the least ones of theseCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
When did we see you hungry, Lord?Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
When hands reach out and fingers traceCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)5
When Mary hugged her newborn sonCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
When Mary poured a rich perfume ;on Jesus' weary feetCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)4
When Thomas heard from JesusCarolyn W. Gillette (Author)2
When we were a younger nationCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
"When you are praying," Jesus saidCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Where is bread?" the great crowd murmured--Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)3
"Who is my neighbor?" a lawyer asked Jesus, to test himCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
"Why is this night different from all of the others?"Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
You call us, Lord, to worship; the day is set asideCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
You formed us in your image, Lord; You call us your own childrenCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
Your word is like a lamp, O LordCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
You've called us together, O God, by your graceCarolyn Winfrey Gillette (Author)2
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