Hymns – on Green Christian themes – for use in churches and schools


Here are the words of fifteen hymns, on “Care for Creation” themes that you may like to use, to be sung to well known tunes. New ones are being added.

The authors are happy for people to print their hymn for services and non commercial publications etc provided that the exact words are printed, and that the authors are credited. They would be pleased to hear where the hymns are being used.

These will appear in the book “Environment Praise” (details)

Some were written for the Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Competition in 2001, and one added at the beginning –  from the 2016 Competition.

M.thTitleAuthorComment, Tune and Example Verse (Not necessarily first verse)Short comment
0.1 NovO, Lord we know that you made everythingWin WaltersThis was first prize in the local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Competition: Theme: The God of Creation.

Recommended Tune: Peel Castle, Hymns and Psalms 346

O, Lord we know that you made everything
Skies, mountains,land,seas,stars and planets too.
All they contain.trees.flowers.fruits and crops.
For these we show our grateful thanks to you

Creator God, abundant Life your mark –Mrs Pat BennettSung at The Operation Noah Service on 4th November at the start of the Stop Climate Chaos Demonstrations.The hymn can be heard briefly in the interview with the Bishop of London on Radio 4
It was entered for the Settle Methodist Circuit hymn competition on the Environment in 2001
We pledge to touch all things with holy care
Until your coming Kingdom ends despair
Then all the world will witness and will share
The jubilation – Of healed creation. …….
Good for pledging yourself to action
The Glory of Creation –Denzil WaltonWritten for the Second Sunday before Lent – Creation / Environment Sunday in the Old Lectionary.The Second Sunday before Lent was treated as Environment or Creation Sunday in the Old Lectionary and still is in some versions of the Anglican Lectionary.(Tune: Ewing or to other D hymns) – and used by several visitors to this website for the occasion.
Deep mysteries, of oceans and unknown outer space,
Migration paths of swallows, the eagle’s nesting place.
The more we gain in knowledge, the less we understand
This world so rich and complex, created by God’s hand ……..
Some beautiful descriptions of Nature
What the Lord CreatesJessica, Emily and Sam CrawshawThis hymn – sung to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – won first prize in the Children’s Section of the Settle Methodist Circuit and CEL Environment Hymn Competition 2001
Praise him, Praise him, Praise the Lord
For the wonders of the world.
For the people big and small
For the animals short and tall
We will care for all these things
That our Lord Creator brings. …….
Could get your children to add extra verses.
Entwining CirclesJean MacDonaldSet to the folk tune “Waly Waly“, this song reminds us that entwining circles “Join us with sea and earth and sky”, the earth is suffering form pollution..
So we believe, Creator God,
We make a difference when we say
Like that young boy with two small fish,
” Here, take and share my gifts today.” . …….
Haunting tune
5. MayThe Earth is the Lord’sGerald H Gardiner.. touching on harvest, delight in creation, and our present multi-faith society, . (Tune: Lord of the Dance).
The earth is the Lord’s, sing Christian and Jew,
Sacred the earth for Muslim, Sikh, Hindu.
Reverence for life is the Buddhist way,
Violence none, in all we do and say. …….. 
Good tune.
Multi faith element
6 JuneCreator GodJenny BainesSung to Sine nomine (For all the saints…).

Beneath the moon the ocean lifts its tide,
Help us to curb our poisoned human pride
Still may the whales, the fish and dolphins ride
Seas ever singing, ever singing ……..

This can make a joyful and moving end to an environment service.
7. SeptLord of All Lang-uagesAudrey Theodosia BryantSung to Slade (Lord of all hopefulness).

Lord of all whispering, speak in the leaves
the small voice that counsels each one who believes,
Lift our eyes to the mountain, give us peace from the field
and wash us with rain that our souls may be healed. ……..

Spiritual and thoughtful.6 Verses
8. OctFor the beauty of the earth Sheila RedmondSung to: As the Deer Pants.

But the earth belongs to our children,
It’s not ours to destroy.
They will need its scarce resources,
To use and to enjoy. ……..

Nice tune. Practical straight forward words
Aug ’08
Good gifts for allAlison BlenkinsopSung to “We plough the fields and scatter”.

The fields of many countries
are tilled to pay their debt,
and so disease and poverty
remain a constant threat.
Their goods, unfairly traded,
make losses for our gain,
as most of all the profits
in wealthy hands remain.

Hymn with
green/ fairtrade / debt themes to well known harvest tune.
10.Green Bottle DecadeAudrey BryantTen green bottles standing on the wall,
Ten green bottles standing on the wall
And if one green bottle should accidently fall
There’ll be nine green bottles standing on the wall.One green bottle nearly full of oil
From the world’s great caverns under sea and soil,
Supplies are running out with ever rarer finds –
They’re trying to fill it up with oil of different kinds.
When this green bottle is empty it will fall
And there’ll be nine green bottles standing on the wall.
Sung to ten green bottles
11. Aug ’09Climate is WarmingGeorge
Sung to “The Ash Grove”.

As climate is warming
Will bees keep on swarming
If we just continue to damage the earth?
Will birds and sea-creatures,
With beautiful features,
Forever be lost by denying their worth?

Our first “Climate Change” hymn.
12. NovMother EarthAudrey Theodosia BryantOh mother earth,
we take to Copenhagen
our last, our deepest hope of all,
to live within our means, *no more delay, gone
are heady days
when men could steal and stall.
Now look ahead, you delegates of nations,
and see our children, what their lives are worth –
to live at last in knowing we’re relations,
Christ’s family and offspring of our mother earth.
Written for Copenhagen and CEL
13Weaver GodKate
I haven’t got copyright for this – so can’t put the hymn on this site – but I give a link to where it is printed elsewhere and to a recording of the hymn. Here is the last verse:Weavers we are called, yet woven too we’re born.
For the web is seamless: if we tear we’re torn.
Gently may we live – that fragile earth is left, Love and justice joined – the fabric’s warp and weft. Tune:Noel Nicolette
Local Preacher John Anderson used this at a service in the Bradford district.
14God’s GoodnessMary WhitfieldWritten in farming community in 2001 (Foot and Mouth year).

C.M. Beatitudo (J.B. Dykes 1823-76)      Words usually sung to this tune: Fill thou my life, O Lord my God H&P 792(ii)

1. Oh Lord the beauty that we see,
Around us everywhere,
The hills and vales, the trees and flowers,
Show forth your loving care.4. In times of grief and deep distress,
When all seems dark and drear,
We feel your presence with us Lord
To comfort and to cheer.

Links to other websites with songs or hymns

Season of creation – Songs- – Habel Hymns Volume One- Songs for Celebrating with Creation

Let All Creation Praise links to more hymns you can use




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