1 Creator God, how grand the earth
you called forth with your voice!
Your handiwork fills us with awe
and in it we rejoice.
You separated day from night,
and heavens from the earth;
you gathered waters into seas
and gave the land its birth.
2 You filled the earth with plants and trees,
all bearing fruit and seeds,
and so ensured there would be food
to meet your creatures’ needs.
You caused the sun to shine each day,
the stars and moon at night,
thus marking seasons, days, and years
forever by your light.
3 Fish of the sea and birds that fly
appeared at your command,
with living creatures of all kinds
that creep and walk on land.
Then in your image, by your word,
you made us, humankind,
that we might care for all good things
that you, with love, designed.
4 Creator God, how grand the earth
you called forth with your voice.
In all its wonders and delights,
we revel and rejoice,
and yet we know you count on us
to mind the earth for you.
Make us good stewards, tender, wise,
and fair in all we do.
Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >
Display Title: Creator God, How Grand the EarthFirst Line: Creator God, how grand the earthTune Title: GENESISAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: CMDScripture: Genesis 1:1-4Date: 2017Subject: Creation | ; Stewardship | 28