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Hymns for use in churches and school – (Index and Links)

Burton Leonard Choir
on “Care for Creation” themes
to be sung to well known tunes.
New ones are being added at the beginning. Current total: 22

Since 2019 there are two types of songs/hymns added to this list: ** Written in black ** ** Written in red ** 

1.  ** Written in black **  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 four  –  from the 2016 Competition.

2.  ** Written in red **  These link to  outside sites –  please follow instructions on those sites as to permission for using the hymns.

3. **Links to other useful websites with environment hymnsat bottom of page

Date add-ed Title Author Example Verse (Not necessarily first verse) Tune Short comment
5 Jan 2020
Our God flies    Lisle Ryder
Tune: Hyfrydol      Words usually sung to this tune: Alleluya, sing to Jesus

Our God who lives, flows in waters,
tumbles in rivers, and drifts in snows,
flashes as silver from shoals of fish,
darts in darkness round rugged rocks,
blooms afresh as showers bring flowers
with fresh aromas for bugs and bees.
With all the creatures we are one,
at one with God in wonder held.
Dec 2019
 Melting Frozen Jewels  Lisle
 Tune Metre: 7676 D: Ewing, Hatherop Castle, Aurelia, Crüger etc.

God’s bountiful creation,
our hearts with wonder fill,
held now in contemplation
with mind and body still.
Diversity of creatures,
varieties of plants
for our delight displayed here
that we may be entranced.
Dec 2019
 With Every Creature sing Lisle
Tune: Luckington (Let all the world in every corner sing)
Meter‎: ‎

Let all of us with every creature sing,
praise to our God!
Above us in the air
may we all be aware
of birds and bees in flight,
whether by day or night.
Sing with one voice to celebrate the life
of creatures all!


Aug 2019 

(Hymn written May 2019)

The care of our planet, the threat of extinction

Andrew Pratt

Recommended Tune:
The Streets of Laredo
– or –
St Catherine’s Court

The care of our planet, the threat of extinction,
alerts us to need to be stewards of the earth:
this place of great beauty, our God given tenure,
the place of our nurture, the globe of our birth.

This place we must guard for each new generation,
to leave as we found it or, better, restored;
to share each resource without greed or pretension,
not barring the needy, not plunder, nor hoard.

+ 2 more verses

18. Dec 2016EarthcareSelly Oak Green TeamRecommended tune:  The Skye Boat Song


Chorus ……
Care for the planet that cradles our life, beautiful mystery:
Spark from the sun, flung out into space; part of our galaxy.

Why are we here?  Will we survive?  Questions of origin;
What is our role ? How should we live? Where did it all begin?

An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition: Theme: The God of Creation.


Nov 2016

O, Lord we know that you made every thingWin WaltersRecommended 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 and crops.
For these we show our grateful thanks to you

This was first prize in the local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition: Theme: The God of Creation.
16. Nov 2016Green Guardians


(Good for Chidren)

Alison Blenkin-sopRecommended Tune: All things bright and beautiful


Chorus: All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small;
God made us to keep them safe,
so let’s protect them all.

1.      Each little flower that opens
feeds bees and butterflies,
so pollen goes by airmail
to plants of every size.

An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition Theme: The God of Creation.
15 Nov 2016For life we rejoice Matt AllenTune: Laudate Dominum (O Praise Ye the Lord)


For life we rejoice;
A gift from God’s hand.
Creation gives voice;
The seas, skies and land.
Each proton, electron,
Each neutron and quark,
Show order from chaos,
Speak light into dark.

An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition Theme: The God of Creation.
14God’s GoodnessMary WhitfieldWritten in farming community in 2001 (Foot and Mouth year).

 TuneL 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.

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.
12. NovMother EarthAudrey Theo-dosia BryantTune  “O Danny Boy


Oh 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
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.
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
Aug ’08
Good gifts for allAlison Blenkin-sopSung 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.
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
7.SeptLord of All Lang-uagesAudrey Theo-dosia 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



Creator 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 environ-ment service.
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
En-twining CirclesJean Mac-DonaldSet 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 from 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
What the Lord CreatesJessica, Emily and Sam Craw-shawThis 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.
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
Creator God, abundant Life your mark –Mrs Pat BennettTune:  Sine Nomine the tune toFor all the saints who from their labour rest

 Sung 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

Let all creation praise website – well worth visiting. Please go there.

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

Let All Creation Praise links to more hymns you can use

Let All Creation Praise links to more hymns you can use