God of Concrete, God of Steel   Leave a comment

Above:  The Empire State Building at Night, Circa 1937

Image Source = Library of Congress


Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Words by the Reverend Richard G. Jones (born 1926), British Methodist


Last night, at the Episcopal Center at The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, we who gathered celebrated a Holy Eucharist in honor the creation of the College of Engineering.  I found this hymn, which we sang to Dix, the tune of “For the Beauty of the Earth.”


1.  God of concrete, God of steel,

God of piston, and of wheel,

God of pylon, God of steam,

God of girder and of beam,

God of atom, God of mine,

All the world of power is thine!

2.  Lord of cable, Lord of rail,

Lord of motorway and mail,

Lord of rocket, Lord of flight,

Lord of soaring satellite,

Lord of lightning’s livid line,

All the world of speed is thine!

3.  Lord of science, Lord of art,

God of map and graph and chart,

Lord of physics and research,

Word of Bible, Faith of Church,

Lord of sequence and design,

All the world of truth is thine!

4.  God whose glory fills the earth,

Gave the universe its birth,

Loosed the Christ with Easter’s might,

Saves the world from evil’s blight,

Claims mankind by grace divine,

All the world of love is thine!

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