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Souper Bowl of Caring: Loving God Loving Our NeighborsA Hymn for Souper Bowl Sunday

Thousands of churches from different denominations team up to participate in The Souper Bowl of Caring. On Super Bowl Sunday, they raise funds for hunger projects of their choice, such as UMCOR's World Hunger/Poverty, where 100 percent of their gift will be used for hunger/poverty/development programs. The following hymn was written especially for Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday.

God, You Give Us Recreation

IN BABILONE 87.87 D: "Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus" (United Methodist Hymnal #325)

God, you give us recreation, rest and play when work is through,
Game and sport and celebration, times that challenge and renew.
In the days we spend together, in the feasts that we prepare,
In the times of joy and laughter, may we know your loving care.

Yet, O Lord, we see your crying for the ones who know no rest,
For your children, hungry, dying, for the homeless and oppressed.
May we, as your sons and daughters, share with open heart and hand,
Till your justice flows like waters to the poor throughout the land.

Bless, O Christ, our gifts of caring, for we know without a doubt:
Soup and bread are made for sharing, hands are made for reaching out.
Even in our times of playing, may we keep the vision clear:
Keep us serving, loving, praying, welcoming your kingdom here.


Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Used by Permission. See reproduction information below.

Music: Dutch Melody arranged by Julius Rontgen (1855-1933) [Alternatives tunes are many for 87.87 D found in metrical index of tunes in hymnals] Scripture: Exodus 16:22-30; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, 9:7-9; Mark 6:34-44; Amos 5:24; Deuteronomy 15:11; Matthew 6:10

Credits and Copyright Information

Permission is granted for free one-time use to support Souper Bowl Sunday's efforts to help the hungry. Please send the Gillettes a copy of your worship bulletin if your church uses the hymn. Thank you. At is a complete list of Carolyn's 45 hymns, including links to some online hymn texts. Carolyn is the co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, NJ. Her book titled Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship is a collection of 45 new hymns published by Geneva Press. Ordering information is available at their web site.

Text: Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. 305 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 Phone: (856)-589-8444 Email:

The Souper Bowl graphic is from the Souper Bowl web site at