posted Jun 11, 2011, 9:51 AM by Web Feat
updated Jun 11, 2011, 1:41 PM
A new hymn, O God, You Give Welcome,
was recently written especially for Family Promise by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. In addition to being a renowned hymn writer whose works have been performed around the world, Carolyn is also co-pastor of LimestonePresbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, a Family Promise host congregation.
The hymn is intended as a prayer for congregations, offering a blessing upon the homeless parents and children they serve as well as the houses of worship that provide shelter.
A YouTube video slideshow
has also been created, with the hymn performed by The Masterwork Camerata choral group. For congregational performance purposes, both music and lyrics are available for download here
. O God, You Give Welcome
marks the second musical offering from Family Promise within the past year. Ken Medema wrote our theme song, Home Again
last summer, as the title track on a CD he created specifically for Family Promise. But the two songs serve different purposes.
The Family Promise Hymn, O God, You Give Welcome,
was created for congregations to sing at the start of host week. It's meant to inspire, as a congregation prepares to provide shelter and comfort to families in need, and also to raise awareness about the program and attract new volunteers. The Family Promise Theme Song, Home Again
, is celebratory in nature, and perfect for Affiliates to sing at concerts, fundraisers and volunteer recognition events. The entire CD, along with sheet music, is available at the Family Promise online store
You are invited to forward the links above to all who might be interested, so that these inspirational messages might be shared widely.