"She Came to Jesus" is a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette written in 2002. It is based on the lectionary gospel text for Ordinary 20, Year A: the story of the Canaanite woman asking Jesus to heal her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28). This hymn is written to the popular tune of SLANE ("Be Thou My Vision"). It is reproduced here with permission.
"She Came To Jesus"
Tune: Slane 10.10.10.10 ("Be Thou My Vision")
She came to Jesus from outside the fold--
Canaanite woman! Persistent and bold!
Looking to Jesus, she wanted to see
One who would help her and set her child free.
Claiming a blessing, a touch of God's grace,
She knew God's love was not bounded by place.
Jesus, you listened, debated-- then healed--
For in her asking, her faith was revealed.
God, you still bless those who seek you in prayer.
You welcome dreamers who faithfully dare.
In Christ, now risen, your mercy extends:
Those on the outside are welcomed as friends.
Biblical Text: Matthew 15:21-28
Tune: Irish Ballad.
Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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This hymn was commissioned in 2002 for the celebration of the 35th
Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Dorothea Brooks. The
original hymn has a fourth verse: “Bless by your Spirit this minister
here Who has served faithfully year after year -- Breaking down
barriers, persistent and bold, Leading your people back into your
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the co-pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church in Pitman, NJ and author of "Gifts of Love: New Hymns for
Today's Worship" (Geneva Press, 2000). A complete list of Carolyn's
hymns, including links to twenty of the hymn texts posted online, is
available at www.firstpresby.org/hymnlist.htm