Greening the Lectionary

A Theological Response to the Ecological Crisis: Reflections, 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.


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.


Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

Beauty for brokenness

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!

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.

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


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


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

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.


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! 


— Words and music by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend  COPYRIGHT © 2008 THANKYOU MUSIC

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

Maker of this World of Wonder

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.

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.

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.

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

1. All things bright and beautiful

2. All creatures of our God and King

3. O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

4. Great is thy faithfulness

5. For the beauty of the earth

6. For the fruits of His Creation

7. Morning has broken 

8. He's got the whole world in His hands

9. How lovely on the mountain