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O Lord of Stars and Sunlight   Leave a comment

Forest Sky Mirror Lake

Above:  Forest Sky Lake Mirror

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymns for the Celebration of Life (1964), Unitarian Universalist Association

Text (1948) by John Albert Holmes, Jr. (1904-1962)

Hymns for the Celebration of Life makes a distinction between this author and John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964), listing the former as “John Holmes.”  Charles W. Hughes, American Hymns Old and New:  Notes on the Hymns and Biographies of the Authors and Composers (New York:  Columbia University Press, 1980, page 431) misidentifies the author of this text as the son of John Haynes Holmes.


1.  O Lord of stars and sunlight,

Whose wind lifts up a bird,

In marching wave and leaf-fall

We hear thy patient word.

The color of thy seasons

Goes across the land.

By green upon the treetops

We know thy moving hand.

2.  O Lord of cloud and mountain,

Whose rain on rock is art,

Thy plan and care and meaning

Renew the head and heart.

Thy word and color spoken,

Thy summer noons and showers–

By these and by thy dayshine,

We know thy world is ours.

3.  O Lord of root and shading

Of boughs above our head,

We breathe in thy long breathing

Our spirit spirited.

We walk beneath thy blessing,

Thy seasons and thy way,

O Lord of stars and sunlight,

O God of this year’s day.

O Thou Love Unbounded   2 comments



Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Original Words (published in 1735) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)


1.  O Thou Love Unbounded,

Grant to eyes enshrouded,

E’en for earthly sight beclouded,

Grace to see Thy patience,

All the world enfolding,

Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.

Lo, its rays,

To Thy praise,

Joy to men bestowing,

Like the sun are glowing.

2.  All Thy vast dominion–

Earth and air and ocean–

Is the field of Thy devotion;

And Thy great long-suff’ring,

Ever newly tested,

With more beauty is invested.

Oh, how far

Its wings are

As they stretch forth daily

Over hill and valley!

3.  All our works are feeble

As the heart upraises

For Thy patience,

Lord, its praises.

With untold transgressions

Day by day Thou bearest,

Many million sinners sparest!

Daily new

Lovest, too,

All who here offend Thee.

Who can comprehend Thee?

4.  Sinners Thou forgivest,

Hear’st when they implore Thee,

When they, weeping, come before Thee;

Thy right hand may threaten,

Yet Thy mercy yearneth

And Thine anger from us turneth.

Tho’ we may

Yet delay

Truly to espouse Thee,

To new wrath arouse Thee.

5.  Lord, no one has ever,

Who on Thee believed,

Justice here for grace received.

All guilt Thou removest

When we boy before Thee

And in penitence implore Thee;

For our smart

Moves Thy heart;

Thou wouldst mercy show us

And with grace endow us.

6.  O Most High, we praise Thee

That Thou us regardest

Nor our evil deeds rewardest!

Zion’s Hope, continue

Thy dominion o’er us,

Wielding well Thy scepter for us


Patient be,

Lord, we now implore Thee:

Thine shall be the glory!

All Beautiful the March of Days   1 comment

All Beautiful the March of Days

Above:  Part of the Hymn, from The Hymnal (1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), of the Evangelical and Reformed Church

Words (1912) by Frances Whitmarsh Wile (1878-1939)


1.  All beautiful the march of days,

As seasons come and go;

The Hand that shaped the rose hath wrought

The crystal of the snow,

Hath sent the hoary frost of heaven,

The flowing waters sealed,

And laid a silent loveliness

On hill and wood and field.

2.  O’er white expanses sparkling pure

The radiant morns unfold;

The solemn splendors of the night

Burn brighter through the cold;

Life mounts in every throbbing vein,

Love deepens round the hearth,

And clearer sounds the angel hymn,

“Good will to men on earth.”

3.  O Thou from whose unfathomed law

The year in beauty flows,

Thyself the vision passing by

In crystal and in rose,

Day unto day doth utter speech,

And night to night proclaim,

In ever-changing words of light,

The wonder of Thy Name.

O Father Above Us   1 comment


Above:  Camp Mikell, Near Toccoa, Georgia, October 25, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = Hymnbook for Christian Worship (1970), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Convention


1.  O Father above us, our father in might,

All live by thy love, as the flowers in light;

Our father and mother and maker art thou.

Forward!  Forward ever, forward now!

2.  In thee move the infinite stars on their rounds,

The planets, the sun, and the moon in their bounds,

As they kindle and glitter and sparkle and glow:

Onward!  Onward ever, onward now!

3.  O Father in heaven, our father on earth,

Thou makest new life in each seed and each birth;

The inventor, designer, and artist art thou.

Forward!  Forward ever, forward now!

4.  We praise thee, O Father of infinite might,

We thank thee for life and for love and for light,

We pray thee thy treasure on all to bestow:

Onward!  Onward ever, onward go!

The Flowers Now Awaken   2 comments


Above:  Flowers Along a Country Road, Person County, North Carolina, July 1939, by Dorothea Lange

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-USF34-020032-C

Original Danish Words by Bernhardt Severin Ingemann (1789-1862)

English Translation by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


1.  The flowers now awaken, refreshed by morning dew,

The happy birds are calling for each other;

Another day begins with its blessings anew,

And children awake to greet their mother.

2.  Our loving God and Father the smallest worm is near,

He feeds the birds and lilies clothes with splendor;

The children of the earth are to Him much more dear,

He quiets their fears with mercy tender.

3.  God’s son, himself a Babe, in a lowly manger lay,

And hay and straw was for His comfort given;

Now with the little children He cometh to stay,

And flowers He bringeth them from heaven.

4.  Our Savior loves the children, He is a Friend so true,

The little babe He bringeth to His Father;

He who commands the billows and rules the heav’ns blue,

Will into His arms the children gather.

5.  O Lord, who once hast blessed us and opened Paradise,

Some morning bright we Thee shall meet up yonder;

Thou taughtest us to pray and to Thee lift up our eyes,

We praise Thee and at Thy mercy wonder.

O How Glorious, Full of Wonder   Leave a comment

Above:  Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany, 1909-1919

Image Source = Library of Congress


Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words by Curtis Beach (1914-1993), a U.S. Congregationalist then United Church of Christ minister

Words inspired by a photograph of Cologne Cathedral, unlike other parts of that city, spared by Allied bombers during World War II


1.  O how glorious, full of wonder

Is thy name o’er all the earth;

Thou who wrought creation’s splendor,

Bringing suns and stars to birth!

Rapt in reverence we adore thee,

Marveling at thy mystic ways,

Humbly now we bow before thee,

Lifting up our hearts in praise.

2.  When we see they lights of heaven,

Moon and stars, thy power displayed,

What is man that thou shouldst love him,

Creature that thy hand hath made?

Child of earth, yet full of yearning,

Mixture strange of good and ill,

From thy ways so often turning,

Yet thy love doth seek him still.

3.  Thou hast given man dominion

O’er the wonders of thy hand,

Made him fly with eagle pinion,

Master over sea and land,

Soaring spire and ruined city,

These our hopes and failures show,

Teach us more of human pity,

That we in thine image grow.

4.  O how wondrous, O how glorious

Is thy name in every land!

Thou whose purpose moves before us

Toward the goal that thou hast planned.

‘Tis thy will our hearts are seeking,

Conscious of our human need.

Spirit in our spirit speaking,

Make us sons of God indeed!

Our God, To Whom We Turn   1 comment

Above:  Cascade Mountains

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Hymnbook (1955), Presbyterian and Reformed

Words (1925) by Edward Grubb (1854-1939), an English Quaker and conscientious objector during World War I


1.  Our God, to whom we turn

When weary with illusion,

Whose stars serenely burn

Above this earth’s confusion,

Thine is the mighty plan,

The steadfast order sure

In which the world began,

Endures, and shall endure.

2.  Thou art, thyself the truth;

Though we who fain would find thee,

Have tried, with thoughts uncouth,

In feeble words to bind thee,

It is because thou art

We’ve driven to the quest;

Till truth from falsehood part,

Our souls can find no rest.

3.  All beauty speaks of thee:

The mountains and the rivers,

The line of lifted sea,

Where spreading moonlight quivers,

The deep-toned organ blast

That rolls through arches dim,

Hints of the music vast

Of thine eternal hymn.

4.  Wherever goodness lurks

We catch Thy tones appealing;

Where man for justice works

Thou art Thyself revealing;

The blood of man, for man

On friendship’s altar spilt,

Betrays the mystic plan

On which Thy house is built.

5.  Thou hidden fount of love,

Of peace and truth, and beauty,

Inspire us from above

With joy and strength for duty,

May thy fresh light arise

Within each clouded heart,

And give us open eyes

To see thee as thou art.

Posted August 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Nature 1900s, The Hymnbook (1955)

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Earth Stewardship Sunday Prayers   Leave a comment

Above:  A Plain

Chalice Worship (1997), the book of worship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) contains the following prayers for Earth Stewardship Sunday (the Sunday following Earth Day, April 22) on pages 164 and 165.

I recommend obtaining a copy of this volume legally and ethically then using it.


“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.”

So we sing, and so we acknowledge.

Yet we know, Lord, that while the earth is yours,

you have appointed us stewards of your property.

Keep us faithful to our trust;

and make us mindful of our responsibility

both to conserve the earth’s resources

and to distribute its benefits justly and unselfishly,

for the good of humankind, and for your great glory.


Most provident God, you graciously give us all good gifts.  Teach us to care for our earth:  to till our soil responsibly, to keep our air pure, to free our waters from pollution, to harvest the warmth of our sun, and to respect the rights of all species.  May we willingly share the gifts of your goodness with one another.  We ask this of you, God of our universe.  Amen.


O God, the only source of life and energy and wealth,

defend our planet earth.

Teach us to conserve and not to squander the riches of nature,

to use aright the heritage of former generations,

and to plan for the welfare of our children’s children.

Renew our wonder, awaken our concern,

and make us better stewards and more careful tenants

of the world you lend us as our home.

Hear us, O Lord, our Creator and Redeemer, in the name of Christ.


Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom and for whom the whole universe was created,

we mourn with you the death of forests,

fruitful lands that have become deserts,

wild animals left without grass,

plants, insects, birds, and animals threatened with extinction,

lands ravaged by war, people left homeless.

As the earth cries out for liberation,

we confess our part in bringing it toward the brink of catastrophe.

Through ignorance, but often willingly,

we thought we could serve God and mammon,

unable to resist the tempation

to spend and acquire more and more possessions,

with little thought of the consequences for future generations.

Savior of the world, you call us to repentance:

to be transformed by your love, deny ourselves,

take up the cross and follow in your way.

Creative God, You Spread the Earth   1 comment

Above:  A Field

Image Source = Luc Viatour


Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Words (1991) by the Reverend Ruth Duck, United Church of Christ


1.  Creative God, you spread the earth with life in many forms:

the deer and elk and columbine, the bee in humming swarms.

Forgive us for each flow’r and bird now vanished by our hand.

Teach us to treat with loving care the creatures of the land.

2.  The planet teemed with living things before all human birth,

and even fire and beasts of prey renewed the life of earth.

Forgive us, that the last to come, we threaten sea and air.

Teach us to tend life’s fragile web with wise and tender care.

3.  O playful God, you fill the field with lavender and blue.

You paint the bird with indigo, with red or tawny hue.

Forgive us that we grieve your heart, destroying what you do,

and teach us simpler, gentler ways to live on earth with you.

Posted May 19, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Chalice Hymnal (1995), Nature 1900s

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Touch the Earth Lightly   Leave a comment

Above:  The Delegation from St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, at the 2012 Awards Ceremony of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light

(The parish won the Trailblazer Award.)

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Words (1992) by Shirley Erena Murray (born 1931)


1.  Touch the earth lightly,

use the earth gently,

nourish the life of the world in our care:

gift of great wonder,

ours to surrender,

trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

2.  We who endanger,

who create hunger,

agents of death for all creatures that live,

we who would foster

clouds of disaster–

God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

3.  Let there be greening,

birth from the burning,

water that blesses and air that is sweet,

health in God’s garden,

hope in God’s children,

regeneration that peace will complete.

4.  God of all living,

God of all loving,

God of the seedling, the snow, and the sun,

teach us, deflect us,

Christ reconnect us,

using us gently, and making us one.

Posted May 19, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Chalice Hymnal (1995), Nature 1900s

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