Biblical References: Genesis 1-2; Psalms 8; Romans 8:18-25
Tune: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824; arranged by Edward Hodges ("Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee")
Text: Copyright © 2008 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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Hymn Note for "At the Dawn of Your Creation"
Other hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette celebrating God's creation (mountains, beaches, animals and more) and environmental stewardship can be found at Earth Care hymns.
* This hymn was originally used for the dedication
of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary
of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware
where the hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the co-pastor.
The first line of the last verse's original wording
reflected the solar dedication:
"At this solar dedication, may we hear your word anew:"
- You can read more about Carolyn Winfrey Gillette's creation care work in her articles "Shrinking Bills, Growing Membership" (PDF file) (Horizons magazine, November/December 2009), "A Journey Towards a Green Church" (PDF file) by Carolyn and Bruce Gillette in Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts (May 2009) Environment and Worship issue, and the solar web page for Limestone Presbyterian Church.
- The Green Bible (HarperCollins, 2008) is for those who care about creation (for more details about this Bible and praise for it, see Carolyn's article, "A Journey Towards a Green Church").
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson
brings together the writings of over 80 faith leaders, gifted writers,
scientists, government leaders, business leaders, naturists and activists
to make the moral arguments for working to stop Climate Change.
The hope is that a moral consensus, along with the scientific consensus,
will inspire people to needed action. After a foreword by Desmond Tutu,
the book's inspiring writings are organized in different sections for why
we need to morally respond to Climate Change:
- For the survival of humankind
- For the sake of the children
- For the sake of the Earth itself
- For the sake of all forms of life on the planet
- To honor our duties of gratitude and reciprocity
- For the full expression of human virtue
- Because all flourishing is mutual
- The stewardship of God's creation
- Because compassion requires it
- Because justice demands it
- Because the world is beautiful
- Because we love the world
- To honor the Earth and Earth systems
- Because our moral integrity requires us to do what is right