Down to Earth   Words and Music by Brenton Prigge © 2010 New Hymn CCLI # 5737222

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Tune: Down to Earth by Brenton Prigge [Score Here] - May also be sung to Ellacombe from 'Mainz Gesangbuch', 1833.


1. Teach us to be down to Earth
but not be quagmired here,
possessed by our possessions
and captives to our fear -
fear that we won't have enough
a fear of letting go;
Teach us to have open hands
that will not cling or clutch.

 

2.  We confess the travesty
created by our greed,
the things we own have owned us;
Have mercy! Set us free!
May we die to fear and greed,
Creator, make us new,
may we learn to give away
and trust you for all needs.

 

3.  We will take inventory
of all we have received;
all things at our disposal
we freely now can give;
they are not the treasure, no
and yet the giving is:
when we loose our hold on things,
they have no hold on us.

 

4.  This will be our treasure now:
that we have much to give,
and that when we share freely,
we're truly free to live.
For it is not in hoarding
that we are made secure;
Our hope is in God alone,
in God our hope is sure.

Based on the New Testament readings of Revised Common Lectionary (C) for Proper13/Ordinary 18

Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21