Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of over 300 hymns that have been sung by thousands of congregations around the world, and are found in 18 books and thousands of web sites, including www.carolynshymns.com which includes seven other hymns about refugees. Many of her hymns are published at Sojourners and are also found in Christian Century magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and PBS-TV. She and her husband Bruce started serving as the co-pastors of Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Penn., in April 2017 after previously serving congregations in Delaware and New Jersey.
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God, We Thank You for the Churches
Christ, we thank you for your welcome
that tears walls and borders down,
that gives hope to people fleeing,
that helps churches stand their ground.
For our neighbors, Lord, are asking,
and they’re wondering what we’ll do.
May our churches give them welcome,
and so find we welcome you.
A Hymn of Radical Welcome: As Simon Was Casting His Net in the Water
O Lord, as you went to that house to bring healing,
You showed us the heart of God's purpose and plan.
With love and with care, you brought health — so revealing
That lives are made whole by God's word and command.
A Hymn for Those Listening for God's Call
May we hear others’ stories — what makes them sad or strong / Till — listening — we find friendship, with love our common song
When Nations Turn Toward Trouble
When nations turn toward trouble
and hope seems all but gone,
when threats and conflicts double,
what can we count upon?
A Hymn for Sutherland Springs, Texas
Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath.
If we just dream of what could be
And do not build community,
And do not seek to change our ways,
Our dreams of change are false displays.
Young Joseph the Dreamer
We thank you for thousands of sisters and brothers
Who seek education, who love this good land.
For they are a blessing to us and to others;
May we reach to offer a welcoming hand.
O God, We’ve Prayed in Wind and Rain
We pray for others far away
Who’ve seen destruction, too;
We look beyond ourselves, for they
Are also loved by you.
O Christ, We Remember the Things That You Did
By the grace of our God, you brought life to the earth;
As you healed those in need, you saw each person’s worth.
May we who proclaim you now answer your call
To bring hope and healing — and health care to all.
We’re Made in the Image: A New Poem for Health Care for All
We’re made in the image
The Message expresses,
The Good News attests
That we’re formed out of sod,
That we’re made every one
A Little Bit of Salt
A church that is filled with Jesus’ flavor — and that shares the light of God’s love — can make a profound difference in the world. Pastors, church leaders, and many other loving Christians have been active in welcoming refugees and immigrants, standing up for their rights, contacting their leaders in Congress, protesting unjust policies, and saying clearly that hate has no place in this country.
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