O God, Our Words Cannot Express

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Also see: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette 's new hymn for the anniversary of September 11, God, We've Known Such Grief and Anger

ST. ANNE CM ("O God, Our Help in Ages Past")

    O God, our words cannot express
    The pain we feel this day.
    Enraged, uncertain, we confess
    Our need to bow and pray.

    We grieve for all who lost their lives...
    And for each injured one.
    We pray for children, husbands, wives
    Whose grief has just begun.

    O Lord, we're called to offer prayer
    For all our leaders, too.
    May they, amid such great despair,
    Be wise in all they do.

    We trust your mercy and your grace;
    In you we will not fear!
    May peace and justice now embrace!
    Be with your people here!

Tune: Attr. William Croft, 1708. Tune is in public domain.
Text: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette gives free one-time use of this hymn to congregations that support Church World Service.

Hymn Author:  Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Discipleship Resources/Upper Room Books, 2009) and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000); she and her husband Bruce serve as the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware after serving churches in NJ for twenty years. A complete list of the 200+ hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, many with peace and justice themes, can be found at www.carolynshymns.com.