Eco-Church

Here is a checklist that has been published to use to judge how environmentally aware we are as a church. Click the link to see the questions:

Eco-Church-Survey-v2-January-2018

The second question on this survey asks about the songs we sing on Sundays. There are of course some well-known Christian songs about God’s world that we do not sing – like ‘All things bright and beautiful’. And some that we do – like ‘The earth is the Lord’s”

We have fewer songs in our playlist that speak about our responsibility – and irresponsibility – in looking after this planet. We could do with more. Although it’s not a congregational song, the following example can be read as a commentary on our treatment of the world in which we live

   From A Distance (Julie Gold)

From a distance the world looks blue and green and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream and the eagle takes to flight.
From a distance, there is harmony and it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace, it’s the voice of everyone.

From a distance we all have enough and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease no hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance we are instruments marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace. They’re the songs of everyone.
God is watching us. God is watching us. God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend, even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend what all this fighting is for.
From a distance there is harmony, and it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves, it’s the heart of everyone.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves. This is the song of everyone.
And God is watching us, God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching. God is watching us from a distance

The available renditions of this song are all pretty schmaltzy and the original lyrics are gendered in a way that doesn’t feel right, but if you if this song appeals to here is a version that may the best by Nanci Griffith (you can also find versions of this song with matching pictures and versions by others, but I think this version benefits from lack of embellishment).