Creating God, your fingers traceAuthor: Jeffery W. Rowthorn (1979)
Published in 22 hymnals
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1 Creating God, your fingers trace
the bold designs of farthest space.
Let sun and moon and stars and light
and what lies hidden praise your might.
2 Sustaining God, your hands uphold
earth's mysteries known or yet untold.
Let water's fragile blend with air,
enabling life, proclaim your care.
3 Redeeming God, your arms embrace
all those oppressed for creed or race.
Let peace, descending like a dove,
make known on earth your healing love.
4 Indwelling God, your gospel claims
one family with a billion names.
Let every life be touched by grace
until we praise you face to face.
|First Line:||Creating God, your fingers trace|
|Author:||Jeffery W. Rowthorn (1979)|
|Meter:||126.96.36.199 with alleluias|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 1979 by The Hymn Society of America (Admin. Hope Publishing Co.)|
st. 1 = Ps. 147:4-5, Col. 1:16
st. 2 = Ps. 147:8
Jeffery W. Rowthorn (PHH 523) wrote this text based on Psalm 148 in 1974, the year he first started writing hymn texts. One of two winners in the Hymn Society of America's contest for "New Psalms for Today," the text was published in The Hymn of April 1979.
In Psalm 148 both heavenly and earthly creatures bring praise to God (see additional comments at PHH 148). Rowthorn uses the psalm as the backdrop for a text that is not so much a paraphrase in the traditional sense of that term but a new text that affirms four great tenets of the Christian faith: the God we worship created the entire cosmos (st. 1), sustains the ecology of life (st. 2), redeems his people from oppression and death (st. 3), and dwells by his Spirit in his people, the church (st. 4).
The beginning of each stanza contains the themes of this text: creation, providence, redemption, and incarnation; in the light of these, the hymn has many possible uses in Christian worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 22 of 22)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #51||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||Kedron||1992|
|Chalice Hymnal #335||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||TALLIS' CANON||Jeffery Rowthorn||LM||1995||The Church at Worship | Proclamation of the Gospel; God's Church | The Church at Worship: Proclamation of the Gospel; God: Creator | ; God: Love | ; God: Power | ; Praise ||
|Common Praise (1998) #410||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KEDRON||Jeffery Rowthorn (1934-)||LM||Genesis 12:1-9; Genesis 28:10-22; Job 28:12-28; Job 38:1-41; Psalm 29; Psalm 57; Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Proverbs 3:13-24; Isaiah 11:1-10; Isaiah 41:17-20; Isaiah 49:1-7; Amos 5:8; Wisdom of Solomon 7:15 - 8:1; Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21; 2 Esdras 6:1-6; Romans 8:1-11; Romans 8:18-30; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Galatians 2:1-10; Galatians 3:23-29||1998||Creation | ; Healing | ; Stewardship ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #684||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||PROSPECT||Jeffery Rowthorn, b. 1934||L M||2006||Arts, Science | ; Stewardship | ; Holy Trinity | ; Justice, Peace ||
|Gather Comprehensive #580||Creating God||Creating God, your fingers trace||PRESENCE||Jeffrey Rowthorn, b. 1934||LM||Psalm 148||1994|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #394||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||WILDERNESS||Jeffery Rowthorn, b. 1934||LM||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #395||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KING||Jeffery Rowthorn, b. 1934||LM||1985|
|Hymnal Supplement II #3||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KEDRON||1987|
|Hymnal: A Worship Book #168||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||CHRISTOPHER DOCK||Jeffrey W. Rowthorn||1992||<cite>The Hymn</cite>, 1979|
|Hymnal: A Worship Book #325||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||DEUS TUORUM MILITUM||Jeffery W. Rowthorn||1992|
|Hymns of Truth & Light #96||Creating God, your fingers trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||CORNISH CAROL||1998|
|Moravian Book of Worship #385||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KEDRON||Jeffery W. Rowthorn||L.M.||Psalm 65:9-13; Psalm 147; Isaiah 40:27-31; Isaiah 41:8-20||1995||Trinity | ; Christian year--Trinity | ; Peace--Of the world ||
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #134||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, Your fingers trace||HANCOCK||Jeffery Rowthorn||LM||Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 45:7||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #605||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KILLBEGS||Jerffrey W. Rowthorn||LM||Psalm 147||1987||Sickness & Health | ; Society/Social Concerns | ; Creation | ; Providence | ; Redemption | ; Stewardship | ; Trinity ||
|Small Church Music #3624||Wilderness||Creating God, Your fingers trace||WILDERNESS||188.8.131.52|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #54||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KILLIBEGS||Jeffery Rowthorn, 1934-||L.M.||Psalm 148:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-3||1996||8th Sunday after Pentecost | ; Art and Science | ; Creation and Earth | ; God | Image; God | Power; God the Creator | ; Justice and Peace | ; Providence | ; Redemption ||
|The New Century Hymnal #462||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||HANCOCK||Jeffery Rowthorn||L.M.||Psalm 148||1995||God | Grace of; God | Works in Creation; Psalm Paraphrases | ; Year C | Easter 5|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #109||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||KEDRON||Jeffery Rowthorn||LM||1989||The Glory of the Triune God | God's Nature; Adoration and Praise | ; Providence | ; Social Concerns ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #96||[Creating God, your fingers trace]||[Creating God, your fingers trace]||KEDRON||Jeffery Rowthorn||1993|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #265||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||CREATION||Jeffery Rowthorn||8 8 8 8||1996||God | Nature of God; Creation | ; Family | ; God | Creator; God | Images; God | Love; God | Name; God | Nature; God | Power/Might; God | Presence; God | Works; Grace | ; Healing | ; Mystery | ; Peace (World) | ; Praise | ; Providence | ; Psalter/Psalm Paraphrases | ; Social Concerns | ; Space | ; Stewardship | ; Sun | ; Trinity | ; Union With God/Christ | ; Unity | ; Water | ; Proper 11 | Year A; Proper 25 | Year A; All Saints | Year A; Advent 1 | Year B; Easter 5 | Year C; Proper 18 | Year C|
|With One Voice #757||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||DUNEDIN||Jeffery Rowthorn, b. 1934||L M||Psalm 19; Genesis 1; Genesis 2||1995||Creation, Preservation | ; Holy Trinity, The | ; Society | ; Witness ||
|Worship and Rejoice #32||Creating God, Your Fingers Trace||Creating God, your fingers trace||CANONBURY||Jeffery Rowthorn, 1934-||L.M.||Matthew 3:16; Daniel 4:9; Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Job 38:1-21; Acts 1:1-11||2008|