Hymns & Songs

God of concrete, God of steel: By Richard Granville Jones Frederick R. C. Clarke

God of concrete, God of steel,
God of piston and of wheel,
God of pylon, God of steam,
God of girder and of beam,
God of atom, God of mine,
All the world of power is thine.

Lord of cable, Lord of rail,
Lord of motorway and mail,
Lord of rocket, Lord of flight,
Lord of soaring satellite,
Lord of lightning’s livid line,
All the world of speed is thine.

Lord of science, Lord of art,
God of map and graph and chart,
Lord of physics and research,
Word of Bible, faith of Church,
Lord of sequence and design,
All the world of truth is thine.

God whose glory fills the earth,
Gave the universe its birth,
Loosed the Christ with Easter’s might,
Saves the world from evil’s blight
Claims us all by grace divine,
All the world of love is thine.

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Words: The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971 edition)

Notation 777777 Can also use tunes for Rock of ages. For the beauty of the earth DIX This last tune is the one I personally most often use, because it is widely known and easily sung, even unaccompanied.

God of offices and kitchens: Australian hymn modified by Colin Wood (please let me know if you know the original author). I most often use the tune “What a friend we have in Jesus” for this.

God of offices and kitchens
Lecture halls and factory floor,
God of internet, computers,
T.V. screens and so much more.
You are always here around us
Even when we do not know.
Help us realise your presence
That our Spirit life may grow.

Ploughing, seeding, patient waiting
For the harvest of the soil;
Typing, phoning and collating
You are with us in our toil.
In the workshop, store and office,
Classroom, kitchen, garden, too,
Help us see your gift and glory,
Serve you well in all we do.

Scattered in our congregations
Yet one body called to be;
Reaching out to fellow Christians,
Serving the community.
Thanks to you for love that binds us;
For the strength to do your will.
Father keep us true and faithful;
May we love and serve you still.

All who love and serve your city
All who love and serve your city,
all who bear its daily stress,
all who cry for peace and justice,
all who curse and all who bless,

In your day of loss and sorrow,
in your day of helpless strife,
honor, peace, and love retreating,
seek the Lord, who is your life.

In your day of wrath and plenty,
wasted work and wasted play,
call to mind the word of Jesus,
“I must work while it is day.”

For all days are days of judgment,
and the Lord is waiting still,
drawing near a world that spurns him,
offering peace from Calvary’s hill.

Risen Lord! shall yet the city
be the city of despair?
Come today, our Judge, our Glory;
be its name, “The Lord is there!”

Words: Erik Routley © 1969 by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (admin. by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188). All rights reserved. Used by permission. For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact: In US & Canada: Hope Publishing Company, www.hopepublishing.com. Rest of the World: Stainer & Bell Ltd., www.stainer.co.uk. For example of tune.

How clear is our vocation, Lord

How clear is our vocation, Lord,
when once we heed your call:
to live according to your word,
and daily learn, refreshed, restored,
that you are Lord of all,
and will not let us fall.

But if, forgetful, we should find
your yoke is hard to bear;
if worldly pressures fray the mind
and love itself cannot unwind
its tangled skein of care:
our inward life repair.

We mark your saints, how they became
in hindrances more sure,
whose joyful virtues put to shame
the casual way we wear your name,
and by our faults obscure
your power to cleanse and cure.

In what you give us, Lord, to do,
together or alone,
in old routines or ventures new,
may we not cease to look for you,
the cross you hung upon,
all you endeavored done.

Words: Fred Pratt Green. Words © 1982 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact: In US & Canada: Hope Publishing Company, www.hopepublishing.com. Rest of the World: Stainer & Bell Ltd., www.stainer.co.uk. Music: Repton. Meter: 86 88 66. Words and tune can be found at http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/h/h370.html

Christ the worker [lyrics are copyright]

[see #611 in The Hymnal 1982] Words: Ghanaian work song; trans. Thomas Stevenson Colvin (1925-), alt. Music: African Work Song. Meter: 444 9. See http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/c/c106.html.

Other hymns:
Lord look upon our working days.
Sing we of the modern city
Worship the lord From Songs of Asian Cities EACC
In this age of noise and turmoil
Christ the Worker #611 in The Hymnal 1982 Words: Ghanaian work song;trans. Thomas Stevenson Colvin (1925-). Music: African Work Song
God of work and rest and play words and music by Colin Gibson OUTRAM (ITIM hymn)

 

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