God, Your Love and Care Surround Us

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God, your love and care surround us every moment, every day.
Now we gather to remember one who followed Jesus’ way.
Grateful for this life you’ve given, now we give it back to you,
Trusting your eternal promise: “I am making all things new!”

As an ordinary pebble tossed upon a quiet pond
Sends out rings of rippling waters, moving waters far beyond--
So we touch the lives of others; We are moved by how they live.
Help us, in our joy, remember; help us, in our pain, forgive.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said to those he loved.
“There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house above.”
Jesus, you have gone before us; Jesus, you will guide us there.
Lord, we trust your hand to lead us to the place that you prepare.

We hold onto what you promise: Earth and heav’n will be made new.
Then your home will be among us; we will always dwell with you.
There will be no sound of weeping; you will wipe away each tear.
God, we trust your promise to us: Now and always, you are here.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #43

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: God, your love and care surround us every moment, every day
Title: God, Your Love and Care Surround Us
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2002)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2002
Copyright: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved



John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is…

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