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They Met to Read the Bible (A hymn-prayer lamenting Charleston church murders)

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Many people of faith are praying for the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina and the United States after the murder of nine people by a young man.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette finished writing the following hymn-prayer early Saturday morning.  You are welcome to  to use it in worship this Sunday (solo, choir, congregational singing or simply read it) and in the future.  The tune is well-known, in the public domain and found in most hymnals.

Permission is given for free use by local churches and in ecumenical services.

Click here to download a PDF of the lyrics.

Click here to download a PDF of the hymn with music and lyrics.