A Hymn for Human Rights Day – December 10 – “You Made Us in Your Image”

Drawing on the affirmation that we all are made in God’s image, other scriptural references, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written a new hymn, “You Have Made Us in Your Image” for use on Human Rights Day, December 10 or other days when human rights are celebrated and affirmed. Permission for free use if this hymn is given to churches that support the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and/or  the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. For other uses, contact the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette at: bcgillette@comcast.net

See below the lyrics and download the music and the lyrics here:


You Made Us in Your Image

                AURELIA D (“The Church’s One Foundation”)

You made us in your image, O God of love and grace;

You treasure every person in every time and place.

You call your world to follow—to see in every one

A person loved and cherished, your daughter or your son.

Your will is for your people to live in safety here,

With dignity and justice, and free from want or fear.

In families and nations, may all know freedom’s song;

May all enjoy the blessing to choose where they belong.

You warn against enslavement and things that would oppress.

You call for living wages, for times of welcome rest.

You call for education for all—not just a few;

You teach us: Welcome strangers, for so we welcome you.

You made us to be equal; you made us to be free—

To speak the truth with courage, to change society,

To follow our own conscience, to choose the words we pray.

O God, may all your children enjoy these gifts each day.

Biblical References:  Genesis 1-2; Exodus 5:1-20; Nehemiah 5:1-13; Psalm 82:1-4; Proverbs 4:1-27;

Isaiah 58:1-12; 65:17-25; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 4:1-5; 6:6-8; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 12:28-34;

John 3:16-17; Acts 10:34-36; Galatians 3:26-29; Hebrews 13:1-9a.

Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864.

Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Email: bcgillette@comcast.net Web site: www.carolynshymns.com

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