Webteam: May 2020
Some 'jottings' and more from Joan Gray. Joan — we thank you. "There's life Joan, but not as we know it".
You may wish to follow:
for the tune to:
1 God in his love for us lent us this planet,
gave it a purpose in time and in space:
small as a spark from the fire of creation,
cradle of life and the home of our race.
2 Thanks be to God for its bounty and beauty,
life that sustains us in body and mind:
plenty for all, if we learn how to share it,
riches undreamed-of to fathom and find.
3 Long have our human wars ruined its harvest;
long has earth bowed to the terror of force;
long have we wasted what others have needed,
poisoned the fountain of life at its source.
4 Earth is the Lord's: it is ours to enjoy it,
ours, as God's stewards, to farm and defend.
From its pollution, misuse, and destruction,
good Lord, deliver us, world without end!
Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000)
Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 727
Words: © 1973, Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ
Sadly, no one seems to have made a more visual recording of this wonderful hymn. Challenge anyone?
Also, try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMpE_hT2meA
Can you remember this in 1968? I can't. We didn't have a TV until 1970. Dad hired one just for the moon landing. I can recall him standing on a chair trying hard to keep the ariel steady late into the night. Bread delivered. Deposits on Pop bottles. And.... Am I showing my age?
Best wishes, Andrew
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