Earth and All Stars

Author: Herbert Brokering

Dr. Herbert F. (Herb) Brokering was a Lutheran pastor and well-known author, poet, playwright, hymn writer, and popular speaker. He was educated at Wartburg College, the University of Iowa (MA, child psychology), Wartburg Seminary, the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary) in Columbus, Ohio; and also the Universities of Kiel and Erlangen, Germany. For a decade, he served Lutheran pastorates in Cedarhurst, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Antonio, Texas and then worked in the parish education department of the American Lutheran Church (1960-70). He wrote over 30 books. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >


Scripture References:
all st. = Ps. 96:1, Ps. 98, Ps. 150

Herbert Brokering (b. Beatrice, NE, 1926) wrote this text for the ninetieth anniversary of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1964. It was published in David Johnson's Twelve Folksongs and Spirituals in 1968 and in the Lutheran hymnal Contemporary Worship I in 1969. About his writing of the text Brokering says:

I tried to gather into a hymn of praise the many facets of life which emerge in the life of community. So there are the references to building, nature, learning, family, war, festivity. Seasons, emotions, death and resurrection, bread, wine, water, wind, sun, spirit. . . have made great impressions on my imagination.

Like 431 and 435, "Earth and All Stars" is a catalog text, inviting us to join with a whole host of natural and cultural phenomena to "sing to the Lord a new song!" The text alludes to Psalm 96:1 in each stanza and to Psalm 98:1 in the refrain. But Brokering presents a modern list of natural, manufactured, and inanimate things that join in praising the Lord: planets in cosmic order (st. 1); weather and vegetation (st. 2); musical instruments (st. 3); technology and building (st. 4); learning and athletics (st. 5); wisdom, and all of God's people (st. 6).

A prolific author, Brokering is currently a freelance consultant on worship and ministry. Specializing in religious education, he studied at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa; the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; the University of Iowa; and the University of Erlangen, Germany. Brokering is a prominent figure in the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches and has served as a parish pastor in several Lutheran congregations. His writings include Lord, Be with Me (1969), Lord, If (1977), and texts for hymns, anthems, cantatas, and musicals.

Liturgical Use:
Many uses as a modern hymn of praise. Sing the entire hymn or use a selection of stanzas as follows: stanzas 1-2 for worship that focuses on nature; other stanzas for worship that focuses on work, education, festivity/worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



David Johnson (b. San Antonio, TX, 1922; d. Phoenix, AZ, 1987), former music department chairman at St. Olaf College, composed EARTH AND ALL STARS and published it in his Twelve Folksongs and Spirituals (1968). Johnson studied at Trinity, University, San Antonio, Texas, and received his master's and…

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Common Praise (1998) #358
Community of Christ Sings #102
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #731
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #26Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #412
Hymnal: A Worship Book #47
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #30
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #49
Hymns of Truth & Light #14
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #271Audio
Lutheran Service Book #817
Lutheran Worship #438
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #458
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #433Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #33
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #150
Songs for Life #98
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #3
The Worshiping Church #357
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #888
Worship (3rd ed.) #517
Worship and Rejoice #642
Worship Supplement 2000 #747
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