Gifts for Sharing

The kind heart of a woman failed

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Published in 1 hymnal

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The kind heart of a woman failed
and men were sent to plead,
"Dear Peter, come to Joppa now.
for Dorcas is in need.
Restore her to the charities
that we have come to know.
She has a gift for sewing that
has helped the church to grow."

A clever merchant, Lydia,
in ancient Philippi,
grew wealthy selling purple goods,
as Paul did testify,
"This woman shares her fortune to
support us where we go.
She has a gift for business that
has helped the church to grow."

Priscilla and Aquila worked
with Paul at making tents,
while teaching, preaching God in Christ
to Corinth residents.
Apollos said, "What I have learned
has set my faith aglow.
They have a gift for teaching that
has helped the church to grow."

No matter where we work or live
or worship in this land,
you grace us with your presence, God,
and gift us by your hand
with talents, skills, abilities
more useful than we know.
We all have gifts for sharing that
can help the church to grow.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: The kind heart of a woman failed
Title: Gifts for Sharing
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Meter: D
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English


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