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The Earth is the Lord's
ST. DENIO   ("Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise")

"The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof."
Creation reminds us, O God, of your love.
By grace we are learning, as year leads to year,
We're called to be stewards, your caretakers here.

Your rainforests nurture the world that we share.
Your wetlands give animals shelter and care.
Your coral reefs cradle the life of the sea.
You've shown us, in love, what your good world can be.

Too often, O God, we abuse your good earth.
We fail to remember its beauty and worth.
We take from creation much more than we need,
We threaten your world through indifference and greed.

May we be good stewards of all that you give,
Protecting creation wherever we live.
May we be a church that renews and restores
And lovingly cares for this earth that is yours.


Tune: Welsh Folk Hymn, Adapted in Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839
Text: Copyright 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

This hymn is available with the hymn text and music together
on the United Methodist Church Worship Office web site.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Deleware, and author of Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000), and Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Discipleship Resources - Upper Room Books, 2009; available from Upper Room Books, Cokesbury, Amazon and other bookstores). A complete list of Carolyn's hymns, including links to a dozen of the hymn texts posted online, is available at Limestone Presbyterian Church has been active in a number of environmental projects, including solar panels and community gardens.

Hymn Use: Carolyn is happy to give congregations one-time free local use of the hymn. Please print the copyright and contact information (in smaller type) with the hymn text. You are welcome to share the hymn with neighboring pastors or other online friends, but please include the copyright and contact information. Please send Carolyn a copy of your worship bulletin if you use the hymn: 3201 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808-2198 USA. Thank you.

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