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October 8, 2016
Dear <<First Name>>,
Thank you for your interest and use of the new hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

Earlier Saturday evening Carolyn finished this hymn to support the relief work in response to Hurricane Matthew.  
Permission is given for free use of this hymn by local congregations to support relief work to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  Today's news is Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south '90% destroyed'

Please share this new hymn-prayer with other churches, pastors, church musicians and ecumenical friends as a possible worship resource to support relief work for this Sunday by email, Facebook etc.. This new song to a well-known hymn tune can be sung by a congregation, choir, soloist or read as a prayer.

Email for this new hymn formatted for a worship bulletin in MS Word for quick copying. We hope to have someone provide it with the music to share as a PDF.

       In Haiti We Have Brothers
AURELIA D  ("The Church's One Foundation")
In Haiti we have brothers whose homes no longer stand;
Our sisters there, and daughters, now grieve a broken land.
When storm and rain came crashing, when winds of terror blew,
Our mothers and our sons there cried out, O God, to you.
With homes now brought to ruin, our sisters fear the worst;
Our sons have no clean water to even quench their thirst.
Our fathers who were injured cry out to you above;
O God, these are our family— the ones we’re called to love.
In Cuba and Jamaica are neighbors far away;
In Florida and in Georgia are ones for whom we pray.
In South and North Carolina are folks hurt by the storm;
We weep with people weeping; we grieve with those who mourn.
O God, it seems much easier to help those close at hand,
But you love all your children in every single land.
May we see all who suffer as people loved by you,
And may we seek to serve them, for they’re our family, too.

Tune:  Samuel S. Wesley, 1864
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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We appreciate your contacting us for permission to use Carolyn's other hymns (not the above Hurricane Matthew hymn, please use it without asking and please share it).  For other hymns please email us at  We can send you the hymn in MS Word formatted for a worship bulletin insert (also easy to transfer into sanctuary projection software) and often a copy of the hymn formatted with the music in a PDF (church musicians are grateful for the hymn with music).  You do not need to ask permission if the hymn is found in her books that you own (Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship and Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor) because these books include permission to use their hymns.  

Carolyn's hymns web site includes indices for scriptures (helpful in Narrative Lectionary preaching), topical, lectionary and Google Web Site Search are resources for those who would like hymn suggestions for Sundays weeks or months ahead of time.  Hymns for Ordinary Time to well-known hymn tunes can be found on Carolyn's lectionary web page (click here).  
October 16/Pentecost 22C
(Proper 24C, Ordinary 29C)

October 18's lectionary epistle reading includes 2 Timothy 3:16 that states  "all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."  This hymn, inspired by the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Confession of 1967 section on the Bible, can be used any Sunday as a prayer for illumination.

Your Word is Like a Lamp, O Lord
CANONBURY LM “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”
Your word is like a lamp, O Lord, and like a light to guide our way;
For in this ever-changing world, it bears your promise every day.
You showed your love to Israel, and to the world you sent your Son.
A witness without parallel, the scriptures tell what you have done.
You speak your word in history, to cultures bound by time and place.
Yet in the Bible we can see the boundless reaching of your grace.
God, open wide each heart and mind by your own Spirit, now we pray,
That in your scriptures we may find new strength to serve you every day.

Tune: Robert Schumann, 1839
Text: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  All rights reserved. 
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Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press)  

October 16's Psalm 119 and Donald Griggs’ Educational Ministry inspired this hymn:

Happy Are Those Who Walk in Your Ways
ASSURANCE with refrain  (“Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”)
Happy are those who walk in your ways;                              1, 3
Happy are those, Lord, who keep your decrees.                   2
By our obeying, we give you praise!                                      7
We find your path that blesses and frees!                              45, 56
            Grace is a gift that comes from your hand.                 58
            How can we thank you?  What can we do?
            Fixing our eyes on what you command,                     6
            We can live each day faithful to you.
How can the young ones keep their way pure?                     9
How can the stranger find blessings of home?                     19
How can your people never be poor?                                   14
By gladly making your way their own.                                   24
            Grace is a gift that comes from your hand.               58
            How can we thank you?  What can we do?
            Fixing our eyes on what you command,                     6
            We can live each day faithful to you.
Sweeter than honey, reason for joy,                                      103
Lamp to our feet and a light to our way,                                105
Comfort and shield when sin would destroy—                      114
All your commandments guide us each day.
            Grace is a gift that comes from your hand.                 58
            How can we thank you?  What can we do?
            Fixing our eyes on what you command,                     6
            We can live each day faithful to you.

Biblical text:  Psalm 119
Tune:  Phoebe Palmer Knapp, 1873
Text:  Copyright © 2008 by Carolyn Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.
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October 23/Pentecost 23C
(Proper 25C, Ordinary 30C)

The following hymn is based in October 25's gospel lectionary reading.

     A Pharisee Was Praying
AURELIA (“The Church's One Foundation”)
A Pharisee was praying; he proudly stood alone:
“God, thank you that I’m better than others I have known.”
He saw the faults of others, yet in that holy place,
He missed the joy and wonder of God’s amazing grace.
Far off in that same Temple, a tax collector stood.
He knew he was a sinner; he knew that God is good.
“Have mercy, God, upon me!” the tax collector cried.
He left that place of worship forgiven, justified.
O God of love, forgive us when we look all around
And think that, by our actions, we stand on solid ground:
We pray, “See how we serve you!  We work and volunteer!
Aren’t we the ones whose giving builds up your kingdom here?”
May we, your church, be humble in serving you each day,
For pride will never help us to walk your kingdom-way.
May we know your forgiveness-- our need for mercy, too--
That, loved and loving others, our life may be in you
 Biblical References:  Luke 18:9-14
Tune:  Samuel S. Wesley, 1864
Text:  Copyright © 2013 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

God, Your Blessings Overflow
DIX ("For the Beauty of the Earth")  (MIDI)
A Thanksgiving hymn that celebrates our many blessings, but also God's comfort for those who are grieving during the holiday

All of Life is Filled With Wonder (including optional interfaith version)
HYMN TO JOY D ("Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee")  (MIDI)
IN BABILONE D ("There's a Wideness in God's Mercy")  (MIDI)
A Thanksgiving hymn celebrating the many glimpses of grace in daily life that we too often overlook.

Ten Who Suffered Sought Out Jesus
Luke 17:11-19
BEACH SPRING D ("God Whose Giving Knows No Ending")  (MIDI)

October 16, 2016/World Food Day/CROP Walk

O God, You Send Us Out to Walk
TALLIS' CANON ("All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night")  (MIDI)
CROP Walk dedication hymn for World Food Day weekend

O God, You Love the Needy
LLANGLOFFAN D ("Lead On, O King Eternal"; "Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers")  (MIDI)
A hymn to support the churches' famine relief.

Where Is Bread?
ABBOT'S LEIGH D ("God Is Here!")
Book: Songs of Grace
Hunger and Justice Issues, Jesus' Feeding of Five Thousand and the Bread of Life

October 24, 2016/United Nations Day

O God, Who Formed Creation
AURELIA D ("The Church's One Foundation")  (MIDI)
This UN hymn is available as a music video on YouTube.

Stewardship Hymns:  Many churches have stewardship emphasis in the Fall to encourage financial support for the following year.  This special web page has a variety of stewardship hymns along with free resources to help improve giving in churches.  

Carolyn's Two Wonderful Books -
Great Fall Reading!

Books include permission to use all of their hymns
 Both books are available from Amazon; you can click the book or title and see excerpts from the books online.  They are wonderful gifts for pastors, choir directors, choir members, worship planners and everyone who loves hymns.  The books can be used for Sunday worship, group devotions and personal devotions. Purchase of one copy of the book includes permission to use any of its hymns in a local churchGifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press) and Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books).

Thank You for Your Donations for Hymns
We are always grateful for donations from churches and individuals who are supportive of Carolyn's hymn writing. Carolyn has never set any required fee for hymn use because she does not want the hymns to be a source of financial worry for small churches, but a source of joy for their worship. If a church cannot afford paying any hymn use amount, we tell them to please use the hymn anyway. Donations are a way to support the creation of new hymns. Carolyn often writes hymns for which she does not want a donation (see above hymns for refugees or her recent hymn ("They Met to Read the Bible") for churches responding to the killings of nine Christians in the Emanuel AME Church.  For donations for using other hymns or simply to support her hymn writing, checks can be made out to "Carolyn W. Gillette" and sent to 3201 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. To save postage, you can also donate online by emailing an Amazon gift card or giving a gift through PayPal (using our email address of Thank you for your support of the creation of new hymns.

New Prayers for Family & Hymn Writing

Our daughter, Catherine is now looking for a new full-time job in community organizing/advocacy--preferably in the Eastern United States.  Prayers and job leads are appreciated!   We are grateful for your prayers for Carolyn, our children- Sarah, Catherine, John and his wife Jenell-- and our whole family along with her hymn writing and our ministry.   We appreciate prayers for Carolyn's mother, Jane Winfrey, and her father-in-law, Jerry Gillette.  We appreciate prayers as well for our former foster son (he is now in second grade) and for his adoptive mother.
May God bless you, your loved ones and your ministry!

Grace and Peace,

Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, Co-Pastors
Limestone Presbyterian Church
3201 Limestone Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19808 USA
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