Songs & Hymns

We Plough the Fields and Scatter

(Praise, General)
This well-known harvest hymn helps us to think of God as providing for our needs but it also shows God to be a craftsman who paints and makes. Throughout we are reminded of the value of thankfulness.

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We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes, and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

He only is the Maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
He gives our daily bread.
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

We thank thee then, O Father,
For all things bright and good;
The seedtime and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And, what thou most desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts.
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

Words: M Claudius (1740-1815)  translated J M Campbell (1817-1878)

Music: J A P Schülz (1747-1800)  arranged J B Dykes (1823-1876)

This arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 328554. Please include all items copied in your annual report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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