Oct 1, 2013

Contemporary Hymn: Luke 19: 1-10

Here’s a hymn inspired by the story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10).  It was written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

Zacchaeus was a Tax Man

Zacchaeus was a tax man who one day climbed a tree,
For he was short in stature and said he could not see.
And yet he had a problem that mattered even more:
He didn't see the suffering his greed had caused the poor

O Lord, you saw Zacchaeus -- so wealthy, yet alone.
You said, "Come down -- and hurry! I'm coming to your home."
For you broke bread with sinners and saw within each one
A person loved and treasured -- God's daughter or God's son.

It wasn't just the treetop that helped Zacchaeus see;
Your love and welcome showed him how different life could be.
He said that he'd start over and work to make things fair;
He'd speak the truth, bring justice, and find new ways to share.

O Christ, you bid us welcome and help us all to see!
May we respond by building a just society.
Then children won't be hungry and all will share your bread.
Then those who now must struggle will live in joy instead.

~ written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, based on Luke 19: 1-10.  Copyright © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Email: bcgillette@comcast.net 

Suggested tune: AURELIA (“The Church’s One Foundation”)
Alternate tune: ANGEL'S STORY ("O Jesus, I Have Promised").

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Upper Room Books 2009)and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) and serves with her husband Bruce as the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. A complete list of the 160+ hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, many with peace and justice themes, can be found at www.carolynshymns.com.