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A Prophet Has a Lonely Task

A hymn on welcoming the prophets among us, and welcoming God's call to all of us as prophets      [6-21-11]

We're happy to share with you a new hymn by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, who with her husband, the Rev. Bruce Gillette, serves as co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

[Jesus said] "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward." Matthew 10:40-42, the Sunday lectionary gospel reading for June 26, 2011/Pentecost 2A/Proper 8A/Ordinary 13A


Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 10:40-42 for the Church to welcome the prophets among us is the inspiration for this new hymn:

 

A Prophet Has a Lonely Task

WAREHAM LM (“The Church of Christ in Every Age”)

 

A prophet has a lonely task—
To help the world to see anew,
To name injustice, then to ask
What God is calling us to do.

On city streets among the poor,
In places spoiled for oil or coal,
At yet another time of war,
A prophet seeks the nation’s soul.

O Lord, you taught us: Hear their shout!
Receive their call to turn from sin!
When others seek to shut them out,
The church must welcome prophets in.

For in our welcome, Lord, we’ll find
A living faith, a new world-view,
A life more peaceful, just and kind,
A church that gladly welcomes you.


Biblical Reference: Matthew 10:40-42

Tune: William Knapp, 1738.
Alternate Tune: CANONBURY LM ("Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak")
Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Email: bcgillette@comcast.net Web site: www.carolynshymns.com

Please share this new hymn with others, especially churches that use the Sunday lectionary, to encourage their church’s work for peace, justice and creation care. This Hymn text is posted online: http://www.carolynshymns.com/a_prophet_has_a_lonely_task.html

Thank you.

Grace and Peace,

Bruce

Bruce & Carolyn Gillette, Pastors
Limestone Presbyterian Church, 3201 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808-2198
Office Phone: (302) 994-5646  
Church website: 
www.limestonepresbyterian.org
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net

 

 

GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.
 

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.

 

Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.

 

John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.

 

John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.

 

Got more blogs to recommend?

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