Hymns responding to Dr Michael Morecroft’s Seminar for Bramhall Methodist Church Climate Change Series

Pre-meeting hymn text

Stewards of creation living in tension, 
part of the system, care for the earth, 
all of us partners, all are God’s creatures, 
sisters and brothers, all bearing worth.

Building resilience, valuing difference, 
interdependence; learning to share 
all that this planet holds for existence, 
senses attuned, alert and aware.

Constantly changing, facing our future, 
each ecosystem valued and healed, 
knowing as partners, God’s fellow workers, 
earth’s re-creation future-proofed, sealed.

Andrew Pratt 10/5/2021
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Metre: 10.9.10.9
Tune: BUNESSAN
 
Hymn responding to Dr Michael Morecroft
Principal Climate Scientist, Natural England

Called to be partners with God in creation, 
stewards of the biosphere, what can we do?
How can we work with the land as it’s changing, 
working more flexibly, alter our view. 

Here with a climate that’s moving, evolving, 
summers are drier, but winters more wet, 
storm, drought and flood, matched with wildfire, erosion, 
raising the question how great is our debt?

Help us to learn how to live with each species, 
neighbours to share with our planetary store.
Earth has a cycle, a sensitive balance, 
ours to care fairly, destroy or restore. 

God infuse learning, respect for creation, 
give us humility, channel your grace; 
all earth’s resources are precious, yet finite, 
help us to value all life in this place.

Andrew Pratt 12/5/2021
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Metre: 11.10.11.10
Tune: STREETS OF LAREDO

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Climate change song – Crises drive us from our comfort

Crises drive us from our comfort
to the edge of vital choice,
children speak the words we’ve hidden,
simple words we’ve failed to voice.
Will we listen to the judgment
warning us to change our ways,
change essential in this moment
making way for future days?

Cut the greed, this present moment
is a sacrament in time:
calls for change in our perspective,
hearing reason, mending rhyme.
Here we have just finite tenure,
stewards of this planet, earth,
handing each new generation
sacred space to come to birth.

Space and time are lent and trusted
into each receptive hand,
ours to tend, maintain and offer
clean, refreshed: each cherished land.
Yet our science says we’re wanting,
faulted in our craft and care.
May the future be forgiving
of the love we failed to share.

Andrew Pratt 8/12/2019
Inspired by Greta Thunberg

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Tune: THE CARNIVAL IS OVER

In the Bible sinful action sees God’s punishment unfurled – https://bramhallmethodists.org.uk/scienceandprayer/

In the Bible sinful action
sees God’s punishment unfurled.
Seismic faults can find their reason
in God’s shaking of the world.
Dualism, human freedom,
‘best of all’ this fractured earth?
Does God punish us for actions
which negate our human worth?

But today does retribution,
witnessed through earth’s fractured crust,
make much sense of God in action
when our cities turn to dust?
Do our people crushed and broken
act as warning, point to God?
Or is good news, clouded, hidden,
buried deep beneath the sod?

Much like Job, we seek an answer,
craft theology with care,
looking for a simple reason,
find new scapegoats standing there.
If we were more deeply honest
we might find it’s Christ who dies,
God who suffers in the present
when we hide behind our lies.

When we value wealth or nation,
see resources to be owned,
see the poor as simple objects,
their humanity dethroned;
then what may be seen as natural
rests on our incompetence,
or on human greed and evil
and on loving’s reticence.

Tune: LUX EOI (StF 400/764)
or ABBOTSLEIGH (UMC 584)
Metre: 8.7.8.7 D

Written in response to Rev’d Professor David Chester’s Seminar on Earthquakes, Volcanoes and God: Theological Perspectives on Natural Disaster
Andrew Pratt, Words © 2019 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk.
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