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Blest Are God's Peacemaking Ones

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Blest are God’s peacemaking ones,
Sent to work in countless ways—
God’s own daughters, God’s own sons,
Serving without seeking praise.
Yet like leaven in our bread,
They persist to change us all.
By God’s Spirit, they are led T
o pursue God’s peaceful call.

Bless-ed are God’s prophets, too,
Called to challenge what we know.
Working for a world that’s new,
Calling us to change and grow.
Though the message that they bear
Stands against what powers say—
It is Jesus’ word they share,
News of God’s new breaking day.

God, through Jesus’ love and grace,
May we live what we profess.
In the challenges we face,
May we know what makes us blest.
May we stand against the wrong;
May our thirst for you increase.
Give to us a prophet’s song!
May we work to bring your peace!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #74

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has been a pastor in rural, small town, suburban, and city churches; she has also served as a hospice chaplain, a hospital chaplain, and a school bus aide helping children with special needs. She and her husband Bruce are pastors of the First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego, NY. Carolyn is a gifted hymn writer who has written over 400 hymns. These hymns have been sung by congregations throughout the United States and around the world — from the Washington National Cathedral to St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland to St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa to small town churches and small household congregations; they have also been sung at national church and international ecumenical meetin… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest are God's peacemaking ones, Sent to work in countless ways--
Title: Blest Are God's Peacemaking Ones
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2005)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: Copyright © 2005 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



Joseph Parry (b. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1841; d. Penarth, Glamorganshire, 1903) was born into a poor but musical family. Although he showed musical gifts at an early age, he was sent to work in the puddling furnaces of a steel mill at the age of nine. His family immigrated to a Welsh…

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Songs of Grace #74

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