We praise you, God of all creation,
and bow before you, Holy One!
We clap our hands in celebration
for all the wonders you have done.
Yet as we sing with merry voices,
and play our instruments with glee,
we know you mourn our selfish choices,
weep at our hypocrisy.
When pious prayers, pretentious giving,
and faithful vows that we declare
do not result in faithful living
or in a willingness to share,
then silence all our noisy singing
and let our psalms and praises cease,
until we come before you bringing
gifts of justice, love, and peace.
Let judgment roll down like pure waters,
and righteousness flow like a stream
restoring us as sons and daughters,
empowering us to live your dream,
a dream of people with a vision
that peace and justice will prevail,
of people faithful to their mission,
trusting love will never fail.
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: We Praise You, God of All CreationFirst Line: We praise you, God of all creationTune Title: KARAMCHANDAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 98,98,98,97 ExtendedScripture: Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8Date: 2003Subject: Peace and Justice | HypocriisySource: The Song Lingers On