O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth

ELLACOMBE CMD ("I Sing the Mighty Power of God")

O God, your creatures fill the earth with wonder and delight,
And every living thing has worth and beauty in your sight.
So playful dolphins dance and swim; Your sheep bow down and graze.
Your songbirds share a morning hymn To offer you their praise.

You made the pets we welcome in— They’re wondrous blessings, too.
With paws and whiskers, wings and fins, They offer praise to you.
O Lord, you call us to embrace These creatures in our care.
May we show kindness, love and grace To all pets everywhere.

You made the creatures on each farm; You know the things they need.
May they grow healthy, safe from harm, And safe from human greed.
Just as a shepherd loves the sheep, You know their joy, their pain.
Lord, bless the animals we keep; May all farms be humane.

Your creatures live in every land; They fill the sky and sea.
O Lord, you give us your command To love them tenderly.
We’re called to have dominion here--To care for them always.
By loving creatures you hold dear, We offer you our praise.

Tune: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, Wirtembergischen, Katholischen Hofkapelle, 1784; alt. 1868 (MIDI)
Alternate Tune: FOREST GREEN D ("How Beautiful the March of Days") (MIDI)

Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Permission is given for local church use of this hymn to those who support the Humane Society of the United States.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net Web site: www.carolynshymns.com