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God, We Join in Celebration

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God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness:
Long ago, our congregation gathered in the wilderness.
Long ago, your people worshiped, shared the gospel, served you well,
Celebrated grace and friendship, then went out, your love to tell.

What a faith-filled, rich tradition we are blest, O Christ, to know.
Guided by your Great Commission, many helped our church to grow.
Called by you to love their neighbors, thousands served you here with grace.
Thank you for their loving labors that have brought us to this place.

Grateful for the past you’ve given, now we look in hope to you.
Make us salt, and light, and leaven, working for a world that’s new.
By your Spirit, lead and guide us as your loving family,
Teach us, shape us, walk beside us! Send us out in ministry!


Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #49

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: God, we join in celebration of your love and faithfulness
Title: God, We Join in Celebration
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Copyright: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

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Songs of Grace #49

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