O God, You Send Us Out to Walk

A hymn of dedication for those participating in CROP Hunger Walks
Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette; music by Thomas Tallis.

TALLIS’ CANON LM  (“All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night”) Digital audio of hymn tune
Sheet music, courtesy of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, which also makes available a recorded version of the hymn tune.

    O God, you send us out to walk,
    For faith is more than idle talk;
    It’s more than saying, “Be well fed!”
    When others don’t have daily bread.

    We walk with joyful, eager feet
    So others will have food to eat.
    We staff the checkpoints, offer rest,
    And serve you, Lord, for we’ve been blessed.
    When we grow weary, may we know
    That some must walk where’er they go.
    For water, food, or work to do,
    They walk till they grow weary, too.

    O Lord, we walk in safety here
    And know that others walk in fear.
    They flee oppression, flood or war;
    Each fear-filled day, they walk some more.

    Not all here walk with strength or speed
    But all can give to those in need.
    And as we serve you, may we know
    You walk with us where’er we go.

    O God, You Send Us Out to Walk  (lyrics only)

    Hymn formatted with music

Biblical texts:  John 17:18; Mark 6:7; James 2:14-17, Matthew 14:16; 2 Corinthians 9.8 Deuteronomy 15:11; Matthew 25:31-46; 28:16-20

Tune: Thomas Tallis, Adapt. Parker’s Whole Psalter, c. 1561
Permission is given for free use of this hymn by churches and groups that support Church World Service/CROP.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net

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.