O God, Creator of All Things
Words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2012
Music: tune, FOREST GREEN, trad. English melody, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Scripture: Genesis 1
Topics: Creation/Creator, environment, farming, food, recycling, conservation, Earth
"O God, Creator of All Things" is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that lifts up God's call for Christians to care for the environment. It begins with an acknowledgement that to "have dominion" (Genesis 1:26) means to care for creation in a loving, responsible way. The hymn celebrates practical ways we can be good stewards of the earth: We can use God's gifts of wind, water, geo-thermal' and solar energy. We can do our best to get our food from local, organic sources. We will see health benefits when we build community bike paths, plant trees, and work together with others in community gardens. God calls us as people of faith to work in personal, political, and prayerful ways to care for creation. Caring for God's earth is simply a way of showing our daily thanks to God for all that God has given us.