Greening the Lectionary

A Theological Response to the Ecological Crisis: Reflections, Liturgy, Reviews, Comment.

Across The Lands

 

You’re The Word Of God The Father,

From before the world began;

Every star and every planet

Has been fashioned by Your hand.

All creation holds together

By the power of Your voice:

Let the skies declare Your glory,

Let the land and seas rejoice!

 

You’re the Author of creation,

You’re the Lord of every man;

And Your cry of love rings out

Across the lands.

 

Yet You left the gaze of angels,

Came to seek and save the lost,

And exchanged the joy of heaven

For the anguish of a cross.

With a prayer You fed the hungry,

With a word You stilled the sea;

Yet how silently You suffered

That the guilty may go free.

Refrain

 

With a shout You rose victorious,

Wresting victory from the grave,

And ascended into heaven

Leading captives in Your wake.

Now You stand before the Father

Interceding for Your own.

From each tribe and tongue and nation

You are leading sinners home.

Refrain

Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVpkR4gYTlg

Beauty for brokeness

 

1.Beauty for brokenness

Hope for despair

Lord, in their suffering

This is our prayer

Bread for the children

Justice, joy, peace

Sunrise to sunset

Your kingdom increase!

 

2. Shelter for fragile lives

Cures for their ills

Work for the craftsman

Trade for their skills

Land for the dispossessed

Rights for the weak

Voices to plead the cause

Of those who can't speak

 

God of the poor

Friend of the weak

Give us compassion we pray

Melt our cold hearts

Let tears fall like rain

Come, change our love

From a spark to a flame.

 

3. Refuge from cruel wars

Havens from fear

Cities for sanctuary

Freedoms to share

Peace to the killing-fields

Scorched earth to green

Christ for the bitterness

His cross for the pain

 

Refrain

 

4. Rest for the ravaged earth

Oceans and streams

Plundered and poisoned

Our future, our dreams

Lord, end our madness

Carelessness, greed

Make us content with

The things that we need

Refrain

 

5. Lighten our darkness

Breathe on this flame

Until your justice

Burns brightly again

Until the nations

Learn of your ways

Seek your salvation

And bring you their praise

 

Refrain x 2

Graham Kendrick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVHKuldZyw

You love me still

 

Based on Psalm 139

Lord you search me and you know,

All I am for good and ill,

All that I do and think and say you

know, and yet you love me still.

 

If I fly on morning’s wings,

If I flee beyond the sea

Turn my back or run away

Still your love will follow me.

 

Darkness spreads its dreary cloak,

And I try to hide away

But darkness is as light to you

The darkest night shines as the day.

 

I am your creation, Lord,

Fearfully and wonderf'lly made

All you works are wonderful

Your glory in the world displayed.

 

From the beginning you know the end,

There is nothing you don’t see.

Vast and precious are your thoughts

Yet still you chose to care for me.

 

Tune: Scarborough Fair - Traditional Folk Melody Copyright Ruth Newton. Feel free to use without CCLI but please attribute to author

Creation sings the Father’s song;

 

Creation sings the Father’s song;

He calls the sun to wake the dawn

And run the course of day

Till evening falls in crimson rays.

His fingerprints in flakes of snow,

His breath upon this spinning globe,

He charts the eagle’s flight;

Commands the newborn baby’s cry.

 

Hallelujah! Let all creation stand and sing, ”Hallelujah!”

Fill the earth with songs of worship;

Tell the wonders of creation’s King.

 

Creation gazed upon His face;

The ageless One in time’s embrace

Unveiled the Father’s plan

Of reconciling God and man.

A second Adam walked the earth,

Whose blameless life would break the curse,

Whose death would set us free

To live with Him eternally.

Chorus

Creation longs for His return,

When Christ shall reign upon the earth;

The bitter wars that rage

Are birth pains of a coming age.

When He renews the land and sky,

All heav’n will sing and earth reply

With one resplendent theme:

The glories of our God and King! ”

Chorus

— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH AND KRISTYN GETTY AND STUART TOWNEND COPYRIGHT © 2008 THANKYOU MUSIC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvStcZ8Vrf0

Blest are you, Lord God of all Creation

 

Blest are you, Lord God of all Creation

Thanks to your goodness

This bread we offer

Fruit of the earth

Work of our hands

It will become the bread of life.

 

Blessed be God

Blessed be God

Blessed be God 

Forever Amen 

x 2

 

Blest are you Lord of all creation, 

Thanks to your goodness 

This wine we offer

Fruit of the vine

Work of hands 

It will become the cup of joy. 

 

Blessed be God

Blessed be God

Blessed be God

Forever Amen

x 2

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sb_ha2e8GA

 

Maker of this World of Wonder

 

 1. Maker of this world of wonder,

where, in whirling depths of space,

humans on a fragile planet

bear the image of your face;

thank you for the wealth of beauty

we can touch or see or know;

joy of art and grasp of science,

chance to live and room to grow.

 

2. God of love, you share our sorrow

when we damage your design,

when, through centuries of slaughter,

vengeance spirals on in time.

Thousands, starved, enslaved and murdered,

pay the savage penalty

so the few can live in comfort

– cushioned inhumanity.

 

3. All the while, the living Spirit

longs to show a better way,

free and open, full of laughter,

learned through loving day by day.

By the Spirit’s call to justice,

by the gifts of hope and faith,

peace may grow and freedom flourish,

giving life not dealing death.

 

4. Maker of this world of wonder,

help us cherish your design;

God of love, through your forgiveness,

help us break the chains of time;

living Spirit, move among us,

stirring dreams to change the world

that our hands may shape a future

where God’s promise is fulfilled.

 

Janet Woorron (To tune of Blaenwern)

Traditonal Selection

 All things bright and beautiful

All creatures of our God and King

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

Great is thy faithfulness

For the beauty of the earth

For the fruits of His Creation 

Morning has broken 

He's got the whole world in His hands

How lovely on the mountain