Earth, Stars, Planets…

sky“Earth and All Stars”

Being an early riser (even though I don’t always want to be), I have become a wannabe astronomer.  Recently I discovered the incredibly bright planet Venus in the early morning eastern sky.  You might be surprised to discover you can still see it even after the Sun clears the eastern horizon!  On October 25, Venus climbs higher before dawn than at any other time this decade. Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury round out the striking quartet that awaits early risers.

All this is a roundabout way to explain the choice of our call to worship this Sunday.  Inspired by Psalms 96, 98, and 150, “Earth and All Stars” is a relatively new hymn, initially published in 1968 as part of a folksong collection and now found in 27 hymnals. Lutheran pastor Herbert Brokering  wrote the words, and David Johnson’s excellent tune complements the text beautifully.

I’m not sure what “loud, rushing planets” are, but Brokering uses the descriptor “loud” a dozen times in the hymn, so I’m choosing to believe we don’t have to be quiet when praising God.

Earth and all stars!  Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain, Loud blowing snowstorms
Sing to the Lord a new song!

He has done marvelous things.  I too will praise Him with a new song!


Come and sing in our Christmas cantata!


Practices Wednesdays, October 14 – December 16, 8:00 – 8:45 in the Sanctuary

All are welcome!

Cantata December 20 at the 11am worship



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One Response to Earth, Stars, Planets…

  • JOHN FAIR says:

    I had never looked at this hymn; but it’s great and I’m so glad that you made this post. David Johnson is an absolutely great hymnologist. Comments in Glory To God indicate even more stuff about this hymn — specifically that it was written for the 90th anniversary of St. Olaf College and that David Johnson wrote the hymn tune specifically for Pastor Brokering’s words. I’m going to make a point of programming this hymn before the beginning of Advent.

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