Hymns for use in churches and school – (Index and Links)
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 hymns –at bottom of page
(Not necessarily first verse)
19 Nov 2021
|Autumn Leaves||Lisle Ryder||Dropped golden leaves|
All glowing from the ground.
Upon the tree
You were once the crown.
|Song 46, Orlando Gibbons |
5 Jan 2020
|Our God flies||Lisle Ryder||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.
|Tune: Hyfrydol (Alleluya, sing to Jesus)|
|Melting Frozen Jewels|| Lisle|
|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.
|Tunes: Ewing, Hatherop Castle, Aurelia, Crüger etc.|
|With Every Creature sing|| Lisle|
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!
| Tune: Luckington (Let all the world in every corner sing)|
Aug 2019 (Hymn written May 2019)
|Andrew Pratt||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 is on Andrew Pratts own website – please go there|
|18. Dec 2016||Earthcare||Selly Oak Green Team|
| The Skye Boat Song ||An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition: Theme: The God of Creation.|
|O, Lord we know that you made every thing||Win Walters||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
|Peel Castle, |
Hymns and Psalms 346
|This was first prize in the local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition: Theme: The God of Creation.|
|16. Nov 2016||Green Guardians
(Good for Chidren)
Chorus: All things bright and beautiful,
1. Each little flower that opens
|All things bright and beautiful||An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition Theme: The God of Creation.|
|15. Nov 2016||For life we rejoice||Matt Allen|
For life we rejoice;
| Tune: Laudate Dominum |
(O Praise Ye the Lord)
|An entry in the open local section for the 2016 Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Compe-tition Theme: The God of Creation.|
|14.||God’s Goodness||Mary Whitfield|
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,
|Tune L C.M. Beatitudo (J.B. Dykes 1823-76) (Fill thou my life, O Lord my God) H&P 792(ii)||Written in farming community in 2001 (Foot and Mouth year).|
|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.
|Tune: Noel Nicolette||Local Preacher John Anderson used this at a service in the Bradford district.|
|12. Nov||Mother Earth||Audrey Theo-dosia Bryant|
Oh mother earth,
|Tune “O Danny Boy“||Written for Copenhagen and CEL|
|11. Aug ’09||Climate is Warming||George|
As climate is warming
|Sung to “The Ash Grove“.||Our first “Climate Change” hymn.|
|10.||Green Bottle Decade||Audrey Bryant||Ten 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||zz|
|Good gifts for all||Alison Blenkin-sop|
The fields of many countries
|Sung to “We plough the fields and scatter“.||Hymn with|
green/ fairtrade / debt themes to well known harvest tune.
|8. Oct||For the beauty of the earth||Sheila Redmond|
But the earth belongs to our children,
|Sung to: As the Deer Pants.||Nice tune. Practical straight forward words|
|7.Sept||Lord of All Lang-uages||Audrey Theo-dosia Bryant|
Lord of all whispering, speak in the leaves
|Sung to Slade (Lord of all hopefulness).||Spiritual and thoughtful. 6 Verses|
|Creator God||Jenny Baines|
Beneath the moon the ocean lifts its tide,
|Sung to Sine nomine (For all the saints…).||This can make a joyful and moving end to an environ-ment service.|
|5. May||The Earth is the Lord’s||Gerald H Gardiner|
The earth is the Lord’s, sing Christian and Jew,
|. (Tune: Lord of the Dance).||.. touching on harvest, delight in creation, and our present multi-faith society,|
Multi faith element
|En-twining Circles||Jean Mac-Donald||Set 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,
|“Waly Waly“,||Haunting tune|
|What the Lord Creates||Jessica, Emily and Sam Craw-shaw|
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. …....
|Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star|| won first prize in the Children’s Section of the Settle Methodist Circuit and CEL Environment Hymn Competition 2001|
. Could get your children to add extra verses.
|The Glory of Creation –||Denzil Walton|
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 ……..
|(Tune: Ewing or to other 18.104.22.168 D hymns) – and used by several visitors to this website for the occasion.||Written 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.|
Some beautiful descriptions of Nature
|Creator God, abundant Life your mark –||Mrs Pat Bennett||Tune: Sine Nomine the tune to “For 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
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