Easy Ways to Find a Hymn

We hope you find the Topical Index, Scripture Index (useful for the Narrative Lectionary), Revised Common Lectionary Indexes, and Google Search to be helpful.

Latest Hymns

Some pastors and church music leaders have asked for permission to use my hymns in worship services that they are streaming live, or in other ways they are reaching out to their congregations from a distance. During these challenging times, you have my permission to go ahead and use my copyrighted hymns in these ways for free.

Please continue to pray for my husband Bruce (also a pastor), who is recovering from acute leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. He is doing well in many ways, but we are staying very isolated due to his suppressed immune system. Thank you!

Some people have written to me that they would really like to support my hymn writing ministry at this time. While it is not at all required, I am open to this and thankful for your support. You may give through PayPal, referencing my email address of carolynshymns@gmail.com , or you may send a check to: Carolyn W. Gillette, P.O. Box 577, Owego, NY 13827. Remember, this is optional and you are welcome to use my hymns at this time, either way.

Please drop me an email at carolynshymns@gmail.com if you would like to be in touch. Thank you.


Hymns for Upcoming Sunday Worship

See the Scripture Index for worship planning.

What people are saying about Carolyn's hymns
and her new book of hymns,
Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor:

"Whenever there is an important season in the life of the Church, a major step forward in Christian unity, or a human or natural disaster that calls for lament and consolation, I have come to expect a new hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that lifts up in song our deepest yearnings to God. And what a gift those hymns have been! Many of those songs, along with others, have now found their way into a new book of hymns and meditations by Carolyn, Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor. This book is a tremendous gift to all the people of God to renew our worship and connect it in powerful ways to the mission and unity of the Church. It is also a rich resource for our prayer life and a strong reminder of God's call to us all to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly (Micah 6: 8). I recommend it with great enthusiasm to all who seek songs of grace that lead us to serve God and neighbor more faithfully!"
—The Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick, President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Studies and Global Ministries at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and former Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

"I have appreciated Carolyn's hymns for many years. The contemporary lyrics set to traditional tunes allow congregations to sing their laments as well as their praises. Her Lectionary based hymns put proclamation into the voices of the congregation as they sing beautiful interpretations of the text. Her timely hymns, prayerfully crafted after moments of crisis in our world, name the suffering as well as the hope we can bring in the midst of devastation. Carolyn's hymns are a rich resource for any worship gathering."
—Rev. Dr. Kathy Black
Gerald Kennedy Chair of Homiletics and Liturgics
Claremont School of Theology
Claremont, California

"Carolyn Gillette's poetry and imagery reminds me of both Tom Troeger and Wendell Berry, homey, yet profound, packed with inspirational material, making this an excellent devotional volume. Every poem is placed in a scriptural context, and shares evocative insights. In addition, she suggests well-known hymn tunes for singing around the family table or in communal worship. It is excellent."
—The Rev. Dr. Arlo D. Duba, Hymn Writer,
Professor of Worship Emeritus, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

"The most impressive aspect of Carolyn's poetry is her imagery. She uses powerful words, and words that aren't expected. That's one of the qualities I have admired about many of Brian Wren's earlier hymns. Carolyn continues that tradition. I was especially moved by those hymns that deal with war and the innocent victims left in its wake. The variety of tunes and meters is rich and infinitely singable. The indices are especially helpful."
—Michael Morgan, Author of Psalter for Christian Worship
Minister of Music and Organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta
Seminary Musician for Columbia Theological Seminary

"Illuminating, inspiring, insightful, are a few words to describe Carolyn's hymn lyrics. She is always at the forefront on just about any issue of the Christian faith. National disasters, World events, Cultural shifts, like God she is ever present and makes us think about our call as Christians to face the challenges of the world before us with the depth of our faith. I have used "God of the Women" in countless women's retreats and conference events. It has encouraged women to rethink who God is calling them to be and reminding us all of a call greater than ourselves."
—Rev. Dr. Lanie B. Price,
St. John's United Methodist Church, Hazlet, New Jersey

"We have found that Carolyn's hymns are perfectly suited for congregational singing because they marvelously combine the known with the unexpected. She breathes new life into old familiar tunes through careful readings of the Church's scripture and confessions and passion for God's world in its pain, paradox, and promise."
—Rev. Dr. Thomas John Hastings
Director of Research
Center of Theological Inquiry
Princeton, New Jersey

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We are happy to send you news about new hymns by Carolyn. She writes hymns about how faith speaks to events in the world (disasters, social concerns, everyday living, etc.) as well as new hymns based on scripture, including lectionary lessons. To request free update notes about Carolyn's hymns, send an email message to carolynshymns@gmail.com with "hymn news" in the subject line. We appreciate your sharing hymn news with pastors, church musicians and others who love hymns.