1 God, your voice called forth creation,
drawing mountains from the seas,
sculpting valleys, painting deserts,
filling fields with fruit and trees.
You infused the earth with music,
with a symphony of sound:
whistling winds and clapping thunder,
raindrops falling on the ground.
2 In the rhythm of the seasons,
night and day, year after year,
you brought order out of chaos,
that new life-forms might appear.
With an artist’s eye for beauty
and a crafter’s steady hand,
you began to fashion creatures
in the sea and air, on land.
3 Then you made us, man and woman,
in your image, each unique,
to envision and imagine,
to compose and write and speak,
to reflect on all creation
and the wonders that we share,
to relate to all your creatures
that surround us everywhere.
4 In the art that we envision,
and the songs that we compose,
in each story we imagine,
in ideas we propose,
may our work reflect your image
and our lives your holy ways,
that to you, our God, Creator,
we may offer grateful praise.
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: God, Your Voice Calls Forth CompassionFirst Line: God, your voice calls forth compassionTune Title: LA PORTEAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 87.87 DScripture: Genesis 1:1Date: 2017Subject: Creation | ; Fine Arts |