Jul 26, 2013

Contemporary Hymn: O God, You Made the Sabbath Day

Here’s a contemporary hymn suggestion about the Sabbath.  It was written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

O God, You Made the Sabbath Day

O God, you made the Sabbath day,
Your gift, your law, your healing way.
You also made, within each heart
A longing for this day apart.

You gave your children, long-oppressed,
Your freeing gift of Sabbath rest.
You give us Sabbath freedom, too:
Our lives are more than work we do!
Life's sacred rhythm seems long gone;
The world, unblinking, carries on.
Your Spirit calls us! Slow our pace
That we may hear your word of grace.

Christ Jesus lives! He makes us new!
On Sundays now, we worship you.
With hearts uplifted, joy restored,
Your church goes out to serve you, Lord.

~ Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. 

Biblical References: Luke 13:10-17, Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:15; Acts 20:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Suggested tune: TALLIS CANON ("All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night") 8.8.8.8

From Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009). Contact (bcgillette@comcast.net) for permission to use the hymn and to get a copy of the hymn formatted for worship bulletin use.