Hello Trinity Family,
Today Anita and I offer a new hymn composed by Carolyn Winfrey Gilette, “God, in Our Church’s Teaching”. On the Wednesday of Holy Week, many Christians remember Jesus’ Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. In this spirit, we sing this hymn to grieve the Asian women recently lost in Atlanta and to reflect on how we can stand up to injustice and hate.
The hymn text is as follows.
God, in our church’s teaching, may we be bold and clear;
may it become our practice to counter hate and fear.
We’ve said that Jesus’ message is one that’s filled with love,
and yet our sweeping statements are clearly not enough.
Isaiah boldly told us you hate our worship ways
when we ignore injustice and simply offer praise.
And Jesus gave a warning: When we — in sin and pride —
refuse to welcome others, we turn our Lord aside.
May these be crucial lessons we teach the old and young:
that racist ways are evil, that sexist ways are wrong.
In Sunday schools and pulpits, may this be what we speak:
God made each person precious, beloved and unique.
O God, we grieve the violence, the shootings, and the hate;
we grieve our own indifference — our speaking out too late.
God, in our church’s witness, may we say loud and clear:
We welcome every neighbor. We work for justice here.