In our world we find delight

Creation Hymn for use during the Season of Creation

Music: © 2016 Vivien Chiu. Words: © 2017-18 Susan Jones

This hymn is intended to be sung in a ‘kitset’ fashion. The first and last verses are always to be sung. In between, insert, from the remaining verses, as many verses as you wish to match the week’s Creation theme.

This music and these words can be freely reproduced for use in worship. Please acknowledge Vivien and Susan as the composer and author.
1.
In our world we find delight
For creation, day and night
Brings us solace, joy;
Spirit grows, refreshes, gleams
as the earth fuels richer dreams
just by being here;

May this beauty never end
May this solace always be here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

2.
Maui dolphin skims the waves
Grey and sleek, graceful at play
Aotearoa’s child;
Paua clings beneath the tide
Hiding beauty deep inside
Aotearoa’s jewel;
May this beauty never end
May this blueness always be here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

3.
Dark to light lies on the moth
Mottled, marked, like linen cloth
Only found right here;
Hiding in the darkest nest
Kiwi like the night the best
Only found right here;
May this beauty never end
May this brownness always be here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

4.
Kauri reaches to the light
Strong and powerful, full of might
Giant of the trees;
Delicate, the orchid climbs
Over branches, green moss-lined
Swaying in the breeze;
May this beauty never end
May this greenness always be here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

5.
Tui, iridescent coat,
Singing from a trembling throat
Crowns New Zealand’s bush;
Kereru with mighty wings,
Blue and purple plumage brings
To New Zealand’s bush;
May this beauty never end
May this iridescence stay here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

6.

Storm brings dark clouds, waterfalls
Lightning’s crash astounds us all
As the front rolls in;
Rain that lashes window panes
Brings new life to parched farmland
Rehydrating fields;

May this beauty never end
May this rain continue watering
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

7.
Mountains march to distant heights
Wilderness tests all our might
Where the tussocks blow;
Windswept tors define the land
Desert plateaus, mountains stand
Old eruptions’ scars;
May this beauty never end
May this rock and earth remain here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

8.
Looking into starry skies
Galaxies defeat our eyes
Distant stardust glows;
Spinning planets circle suns
Stars are born, supernovae stun
Cosmos is our ‘hood;
May this beauty never end
May this universe remain here
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

9.
Water trickles, rushes, spouts
Deep calm lake drains to river mouth
Power wrested from snow;
Humans, animals and plants
need hydration, need the chance
to refresh and grow;
May this beauty never end
May this water last for everyone
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

10.
Planet Earth spins like a jewel
Let us care and not be cruel
To this treasured gem
This blue teardrop hanging there;
Children’s’ children need a share
We owe this to them
May this planet always flourish
May its children still inherit
May we help this star to shine bright;
Show Earth divine compassion.

11.
Let’s endorse humanity
Part of Earth’s full family
All made welcome here
Many genders, races, tribes
Personalities that jibe
All are welcome here
May all people feel accepted
Nations show true understanding
May all humans love each other;
And show divine compassion.

12.
Skies stretch over all our lives,
Prides of lion to bees in hives
All bask in the sun
Clouds race through as gale winds blow
Cirrus high and stratus low
Skies are bright or glum
May the air be always fragrant
And its clarity untainted;
May the human race take notice
And show divine compassion.

13.
Land provides our standing place,
hills through which the rivers trace,
give us space to be;
Ground which holds us, gives us base,
needs our care, through all our days
so it will survive
May this place continue standing
May this earth continue holding
May our feet be ever grounded
Held in divine compassion.

14.
It’s a mystery who made this –
evolution, hand-made care –
multiple ideas.
But it’s not a mystery who
Needs to care for green and blue –
We have all been charged

To make sure this never ends
That this beauty does remain here
That the human race takes notice
And shows divine compassion..

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