Songs & Hymns

All Creatures of Our God and King

(Gathering, General)
A well-known hymn of praise calling the whole of creation to worship the Lord. The words are by St Francis well known for his preaching - even to animals. This hymn is especially good for the opening of worship.

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All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest us both warmth and light:
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way.
O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And ye that are of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on him cast your care!
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three-in-One:
O praise him, O praise him,
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING

Words: William Henry Draper (1855-1933) based on Laudato sii, O me signore St Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun.  Music: Melody from Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne, 1623, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). From The English Hymnal, used with permission.  Music arrangement copyright © Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street,  Oxford, OX2 6DP. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 2685865. Please quote 'Worship Workshop' along with the Song No. in your annual CCLI report.

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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