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ecofaith mid north coast

Songs

Since different churches use so many different song resources, the liturgies leave it up to you to decide which songs to use, and where to insert them. That said...

The liturgies include the lyrics of Andrew Dutney's song, Ashes to Ashes. You can get the mp3 here (right-click and choose "save as")

The following resources are included because they are not in any song books, and are free to use.

The original SoC site has some new songs by Norman Habel here.

I wrote a couple of tongue in cheek, evolution affirming, eco-hymns, here.

I will also try to provide one set of evolution affirming lyrics for old tunes, for each theme as the weeks progress. If you have one, and are happy for others to have it, send it to me and I will try to post it here.
All of the following songs have powerpoints pre-prepared on this file WITH NO IMAGES. or from this file with images included (ppt 2007, may work with earlier versions too).

any week, forests, soil, land, rivers

Any week:

God’s beyond us (tune Jesus loves me)

God’s beyond us this I know
As the Bible tells us, though-
Now we all know just how far:
70 septillion stars!

Chrous: two choices:

And God’s within me    Yes God’s beyond us
And God’s within you    Yes God’s amongst us
And God’s in all things    Yes God’s within us
And Jesus showed us so.    And Jesus showed us so.

God is with us this I know
Because Jesus showed us so
God knows what it’s like to be
A little human just like me!

chorus

God’s within us this I know
Because Jesus showed us so
God gives the Spirit out freely
s/he is in you and is in me

chorus

God’s out there and God’s here too
God’s in me and God’s in you
Jesus showed us what to do
Let the Spirit flow through you!

chorus.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
(alt words Jason John- trinitarian)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Who was a creature here below
Praise God who dwells out way beyond
Yet lives within and dwells among!

Forests Sunday

O for a thousand trees to sing (alt)
First verse by Norman Habel
Remainder Jason John
Tune: O for a thousand tongues to sing (AHB 141)


O for a thousand trees to sing
And join with us this day,
With ferns and frogs and butterflies:
A forest hymn of praise.

Our ancestors did leave the trees
And head off 'cross the plains
Yet still they move our spirits so
Let's join their glad refrain!

Christ made his living from the trees
And on a tree was hung
They thought it was the end of him
but it had just begun.

Now many years have passed since then
But in our hearts we know
The love of God like living streams
Continues still to flow

So as we gather here today
Let all their voices raise
With ferns and frogs and butterflies:
A forest hymn of praise.

God wants reconciliation (forests)
Jason John 2011, tune: praise my soul the king of heaven, or any of the 87.87.87 metre tunes
mentions both creationist and evolutionist views

God wants re-con-cil-ia-tion
to see all things renewed again
Here surrounded by God’s forests
we are called to serve that end

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

In Australia there are those- who
can help us travel on the Way
Whose ancestors for millennia
worshipped God with dance and clay

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

As the spring time brings new passion
To the creatures all around
May it fill our hearts with fire:
help God turn all things around

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

Here’s to re-con-cil-ia-tion
and renewal of all things
Between us and all God’s creatures
So the forests then may sing!

Love our God and love your neighbour
And the creature who is you.

soil
God wants reconciliation (soil)

Jason John 2011, tune: praise my soul the king of heaven, or any of the 87.87.87 metre tunes
mentions both creationist and evolutionist views

God wants re-con-cil-ia-tion
we are called to serve that end.
humans built from living soil
there we shall return again.
until then we have the Spirit,
root in soil rich and deep.

Are we humans from the humus?
Are we earthlings from the Earth?
People of the Eden story
put here to protect and serve?
To succeed we know that we must
root in soil rich and deep

Are we cousins with all creatures?
Called to share our planet home?
Did it take three billion years to
Make our God feel less alone?
Love your God and self and others
Root in soil rich and deep.

Here’s to re-con-cil-ia-tion
amongst ourselves and with our kin!
Whether we are God breathed dirt or
conscious life still evolving.
Come all people, humans, earthlings
root in soil rich and deep!

God wants reconciliation: land

Jason John 2011, tune: praise my soul the king of heaven, or any of the 87.87.87 metre tunes.

Assumes that reconciliation amongst humans, specifically Aboriginal and nonAboriginal Australians is linked to reconciliation of all humans with the land.

God wants re-con-cil-ia-tion
be-tween humans and the land.
From it we have drawn our being
from our toes up to our hands.

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

In Australia we can fol-low
those much further on the way
Whose ancestors for millennia
worshipped God with dance and clay

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

As a nation we’ve said sorry
For the crimes upon this ground
Will our nation take the lead from
God who turns all things around?

Celebrate our wondrous calling
all God’s things to help renew.

Here’s to reconciliation
and renewal of all things
Between us and all God’s creatures
And amongst all human beings

For the God who dwells within us
Is the God who’s in “them” too.

God wants reconciliation (rivers)

Jason John 2011, tune: praise my soul the king of heaven, or any of the 87.87.87 metre tunes.

God wants re-con-cil-ia-tion
to see all things renewed again
Having drunk the living waters
we are called to serve that end.
Sing a song of living waters,
For renewal of all things.

Watch once more the gath’ring tempest;
Reminder of God’s wilder side
And that God still rains among us,
Giving hope to all that’s dried.
Sing a song of pouring waters,
And renewal of all things.

Rain flows to the dark blue ocean,
Whales cavorting, spraying foam;
There are other creatures here in,
God’s delightful planet home
Sing a song of deep blue waters,
And renewal of all things!

Here’s to reconciliation
amongst ourselves and with our kin!
God loves every single creature
no matter their type of skin.
All life forms require water
for renewal of all things!