New words to old tunes — Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, USA

photo by Hugh Abel is a website loaded with thoughtful and meaningful hymns.

Each song is easily accessible by a Topical IndexRevised Common Lectionary indexes, and Scripture Index.
Carolyn “writes hymns about how faith speaks to events in the world (disasters, social concerns, everyday living, etc.) as well as new hymns based on scripture, including lectionary lessons.”

Her moving hymn “How Can We Sing a Joyful Song?” is included in both Blue Christmas and Longest Night services.

Tune: “Lift up your heads, O Mighty Gates”

How can we sing a joyful song?
O God, our sorrows hem us in.
When pain and grief seem all too strong,
How can we sing a joyful hymn? (verse 1 of 4)

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is Co-Pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

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