Awe fills us at the shore (hymn) — Jim Burklo, USA

(use freely with attribution)

Tune:  Madrid 6.6.6.6  – “Come Christians, Join to Sing

Watch mountain shadows run
Allelujia!  Amen!
Clouds gilded by the sun
Allelujia!  Amen!
Hear tumbling water sing
Birds calling on the wing
In canyons echoing
Allelujia!  Amen!

Breathe in the desert air
Allelujia! Amen!
Let footsteps call to prayer
Allelujia!  Amen!
Layers of colored stone
Each one a holy throne
This world is not our own
Allelujia!  Amen!

Hushed in a forest deep
Allelujia! Amen!
Secrets its branches keep
Allelujia!  Amen!
Trees reaching for the sky
Leaves whisper with a sigh
Wind lifts them when they die
Allelujia!  Amen!

Awe fills us at the shore
Allelujia!  Amen!
Hearing the ocean’s roar
Allelujia! Amen!
Our souls with seabirds soar
Our hearts with love outpour
For One who came before
Allelujia!  Amen!

Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes progressive prayers, hymns and other worship items.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book “Birdlike and Barnless:  Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians”  (2008, St Johann Press).  Explore his blog for more words for worship.