Hymn: God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger
The following hymn was written by Carolyn Gillette on the eve of the misguided war with Iraq that was unjustly connected to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and resulted in more terrorism.
God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger
BEACH SPRING 126.96.36.199 D ("God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending") (MIDI)
God, whose love is always stronger than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder how to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us; fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us: give us love, Lord! Make us new!
Love is patient, kind and caring, never arrogant or rude,
Never boastful, all things bearing; love rejoices in the truth.
When we’re caught up in believing war will make the terror cease,
Show us Jesus’ way of living; may our strength be in your peace.
May our faith in you be nourished; may your churches hear your call.
May our lives be filled with courage as we speak your love for all.
Now emboldened by your Spirit who has given us new birth,
Give us love, that we may share it till your love renews the earth!
Biblical References: Romans 8:28-39, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 3:7, Revelation 21:5, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, John 14:27, Matthew 5-7, 1 Thessalonians 2:2, John 3:16,17:18, Psalm 46:9, and Romans 8:22.
Suggested Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844. Harm. James H. Wood, 1958.
Alternate Tunes: ABBOT’S LEIGH 188.8.131.52 D ("God Is Here!") by Cyril Vincent Taylor, 1941
HYFRYDOL 184.108.40.206 D ("Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!") by Rowland Hugh Prichard, 1831.
Text: Copyright © 2003 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.