Scripture Verse

Perhaps you have been made queen for such a time as this. Esther 4:14


Samuel S. Wesley

Words: Car­o­lyn W. Gil­lette, 2015.

Music: Au­re­lia Sam­u­el S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), num­ber 122 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Carolyn W. Gillette


Perhaps you have been chosen
For such a time as this!

So Mordecai told Esther
To serve as she’d been blessed.
Their people were in danger
And needed someone brave—
A queen who knew her calling
To risk and act and save.

She stood up for her people
And dared approach the king
Although he might have killed her
For doing such a thing.
Inviting him to dinner—
A feast to satisfy—
She asked of him a favor:
Don’t let my people die!

The king gave what she wanted
And let her people live,
And all because Queen Esther
Used what she had to give.
She faced her fear with courage,
She changed the things she could,
She chose to make a difference—
To use her life for good.

O God, we look around us
And see a world in need.
There’s violence and injustice,
There’s prejudice and greed.
Remind us of our calling
To bravely use our gifts.
Perhaps we have been chosen
For such a time as this.