THANK YOU, GOD, FOR WATER, SOIL AND AIR (words by Brian Wren)                    

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Thank you, God, for water, soil and air,
large gifts supporting everything that lives.
Forgive our spoiling and abuse ofthem.
Help us renew the face of the earth.

Thank you, God, for minerals and ores,
the basis of all building, wealth and speed.
Forgive our reckless plundering and waste.
Help us renew the face of the earth.

Thank you, God, for priceless energy
stored in each atom, gathered from the sun.
Forgive our greed and carelessness of power.
Help us renew the face of the earth.

Thank you, God, for weaving nature’s life
into a seamless robe, a fragile whole.
Forgive our haste, that tampers unawares.
Help us renew the face of the earth.

Thank you, God, for making planet earth
a home for us and ages yet unborn.
Help us to share, consider, save and store.
Come and renew the face of the earth.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Brian Wren, from his book Piece Together Praise (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1996, page 106): “Originally written for New Church Praise, a hymnal supplement produced by the United Reformed Church of Great Britain. Sources of inspiration included Barry Commoner’s book, The Closing Circle (an early discussion of ecology) and NASA photographs of the earth from space, enrobed in its biosphere of “water, soil, and air.”

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