New Hymn: For Freedom, Christ has Set Us Free

If you’re following the scripture readings suggested by the Revised Common Lectionary, here’s a contemporary hymn inspired by Galatians you might want to consider using over the next few weeks.  It was written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  She suggests using the tune ELLACOMBE (I sing the mighty power of God).

For Freedom, Christ has set us free!
(Meter: D)

"For freedom, Christ has set us free!"
What joy is ours to claim!
No more enslaved, humanity
Finds life in Jesus' name.
We try, Lord, to be justified
Through all the works we do.
Yet you adopt us, saying, "Child,
It's Christ who makes you new."

We're clothed in Christ and we belong;
Now no one waits outside.
In him we find our common song;
Old ways no more divide.
"It is no longer I who live,
But Christ who lives in me."
He died for us, new life to give —
And new identity.

Now, Spirit-filled, may we be led
From ways that would destroy.
May we your people turn instead
To lives of love and joy.
May we find peace that makes us whole
And patience everywhere.
God, give us kindness, self-control,
And hearts and hands that share.

Biblical Reference: Galatians
Text: Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from 
Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor  by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009).