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We Thank Thee, Lord, for This Fair Earth   1 comment

Rays of Light

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by George Edward Lynch Cotton (1813-1866), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta (1858-1866), who drowned in the Ganges River after consecrating a cemetery

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1.  We thank thee, Lord, for this fair earth,

The glitt’ring sky, the silver sea;

For all their beauty, all their worth,

Their light and glory, come from Thee.

2.  Thine are the flow’rs that clothe the ground,

The trees that wave their arms above,

The hills that gird our dwellings ’round,

As Thou dost gird Thine own with love.

3.  Yet teach us still how far more fair,

More glorious, Father, in Thy sight,

In one pure deed, one holy prayer,

One heart that owns Thy Spirit’s might.

4.  So while we gaze with thoughtful eye

On all the gifts Thy love has given,

Help us in Thee to live and die,

By Thee to rise from earth to heaven.

Earth and All Stars   2 comments

Elliptical Galaxies 13.5 Billion Light Years Distant

Image Source = NASA

(http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/news/spitzer20110412.html)

Words by the Reverend Herbert F. Brokering (1926-2009), a Lutheran (American Lutheran Church then Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) pastor and seminary professor

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

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1.  Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets,

sing to the Lord a new song!

O victory, loud shouting arm,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain:

He has done marvelous things,

I, too, will praise him with a new song!

2.  Hail, wind, and rain, loud blowing snowstorms,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Flowers and trees, loud rushing dry leaves,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

3.  Trumpet and pipes, loud clashing cymbals,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Harp, lute, and lyre, loud humming cellos,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

4.  Engines and steel, loud pounding hammers,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Limestone and beams, loud building workers,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

5.  Classrooms and labs, loud boiling testtubes,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Athlete and band, loud cheering people,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

6.  Knowledge and truth, loud sounding wisdom,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Daughter and son, loud praying members,

sing to the Lord a new song!

Refrain

God Who Touchest Earth with Beauty   1 comment

Cardinal

Image Source = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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

Words by Mary Susanne Edgar (1889-1973), Canadian Anglican poet

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1.  God who touchest earth with beauty,

make my heart anew;

with thy Spirit recreate me

pure, and strong, and true.

2.  Like thy springs and running waters,

make me crystal pure;

like thy rocks of towering grandeur,

make me strong and sure.

3.  Like thy dancing waves in sunlight,

make me glad and free;

like the straightness of the pine trees

let me upright be.

4.  Like the arching of the heavens

lift my thoughts above;

turn my dreams to noble action,

ministries of love.

5.  Like the birds that soar while singing,

give my heart a song;

may the music of thanksgiving

echo clear and strong.

6.  God who touchest earth with beauty,

make my heart anew;

keep me ever by thy Spirit

pure, and strong, and true.

This is My Father’s World   10 comments

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Source = Dustin M. Ramsey, 2001

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Morton_Arboretum_woodland.jpg)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1933), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words by the Reverend Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), U.S. Presbyterian minister, humanitarian, and admirer of nature

A link to my post about him, with all the verses:

http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/feast-of-maltbie-davenport-babcock-may-18/

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1.  This is my Father’s world,

And to my listening ears,

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.

2.  This is my Father’s world,

The birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world:

He shines in all that’s fair;

In the rustling grass

I hear him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere.

3.  This is my Father’s world,

O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong

God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:

The battle is not done;

Jesus who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and heaven be one.

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/proper-29-year-c/

God of the Glorious Sunshine   Leave a comment

Appalachian Mountains in Yancey County, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Christian Youth Hymnal (1948), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by Thomas Paxton, about whom I can find no information

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1.  God of the glorious sunshine,

God of refreshing rain,

Whose voice bids earth awaken

And clothe itself again.

With life of richest beauty

In plant, in flower and tree:

Thou God of light and splendor,

We rise and worship Thee.

2.  God of the hill and mountain,

Of valley and of dale,

Whose finger paints the rainbows;

Thy beauties never fail

To raise our souls in wonder,

And turn our thoughts to Thee;

Thou God of living nature

We stand and worship Thee.

3.  God of the busy daytime,

God of the quiet night,

Whose peace pervades the darkness

And greets us with the light,

Safe with Thy presence near us,

Whatever we may be,

Thou God, our great Protector,

We love and worship Thee.

4.  God of the whole creation,

God of all life below,

We seek Thy nearer presence,

Thy grander life to know;

When we, Thy heightened splendor,

Thy greater glories see,

Thou God of all creation,

We still shall worship Thee.