All Creatures of Our God and King / Psalm 104

Responsive Psalm Reading (from Psalm 104) spliced together with the hymn: “All Creatures of Our God and King” (sung to CW #171 – “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing”)

Here’s an idea using a hymn (both spoken; then sung) spliced together with a Psalm read responsively.  The hymn is first read so that the rich lyrics can sink in before singing them.

 

Pastor: He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.  They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.  The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.
Congregation Speaks: All creatures of our God and King.  Lift up your voice and with us sing.  O praise Him, alleluia.

 

Pastor: He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.  He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.
Congregation Speaks: Thou burning sun with golden beam.  Thou silver moon with softer gleam.  O praise Him, O praise Him

 

Pastor: The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees.
Congregation Sings:

 All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing

O praise Him, alleluia

Thou burning sun with golden beam

Thou silver moon with softer gleam

O praise Him, O praise Him

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

 

Pastor: The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys.  The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.
Congregation Speaks:  Thou rushing wind that art so strong.  Ye clouds that sail in heaven along.  O praise Him, alleluia.

 

Pastor: You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
Congregation Speaks:  Thou rising moon in praise rejoice.  Ye lights of evening find a voice.  O praise Him, O praise Him.

 

Pastor: The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
Congregation Sings:

Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along

O praise Him, alleluia

Thou rising moon in praise rejoice

Ye lights of evening find a voice

O praise Him, O praise Him

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

 

 

Pastor:  How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.
Congregation Speaks:  Let all things their Creator bless.  And worship Him in humbleness.  O praise Him, alleluia.

 

Pastor: There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.   These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
Congregation Speaks: Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son.  And praise the Spirit, Three in One.  O praise Him, O praise Him.

 

Pastor: When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.  When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
Congregation Sings:

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!

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