God, We Have Heard It

God, We Have Heard It
(HERZLIEBSTER JESU 11.11.11.5)

God, we have heard it, sounding in the silence:
News of the children lost to this world’s violence.
Children of promise! Then without a warning,
Loved ones are mourning.

Jesus, you came to bear our human sorrow;
You came to give us hope for each tomorrow.
You are our life, Lord God’s own love revealing.
We need your healing!

Heal us from giving weapons any glory;
Help us, O Prince of Peace, to hear your story;
Help us resist the evil all around here;
May love abound here!

By your own Spirit, give your church a clear voice;
In this world’s violence, help us make a new choice.
Help us to witness to the joy your peace brings,
Until your world sings!

Tune:  HERZLIEBSTER JESU 11.11.11.5 by Johann Cruger, 1640 (”Ah, Holy
Jesus”).

Text: Copyright © 1999 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.  Copied
from Gifts of Love:  New Hymns for Today’s Worship by Carolyn Winfrey
Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000). Email:  bcgillette@comcast.net

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