Ex Nihilo (Acrylic)
This hymn of praise is deliberately set to the same metre as the well known Advent hymn “Hills of The North Rejoice’, but puts the Advent theme at the end of the hymn after a celebration of the Creation and the current stage of ‘exoplanet’ exploration. There is no doubt this field will advance rapidly in the next decade (or less) hence the somewhat tentative nature of verse 2. But whatever happens, the further and further information we gather, the more and more amazing the nature of God’s creation appears.
The tune we are most familiar with for 'Hills of The North' is Little Cornard (Printable score below)
Praise the Creator God,
Lord of the dark night sky.
Myriad of stars we see,
Far more beyond our eye;
Some young, still in their forming stage
And some, about to die from age.
Planets go round most stars,
Gathered by gravity:
Size and their mineral mix
Form their trajectories.
Among this family, spread through space
Earth seems a rare life-giving place.
So let all earth rejoice,
Hills, rivers, ocean’s waves
You’ve heard the advent voice,
You’ve seen Messiah’s ways.
Your great Creator’s trod your soil,
A babe, a man, redeeming all.
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Other poems, songs and meditations with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE