To Show by Touch and Word

A hymn for the close of worship

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Fred Kaan
Tune Name: LODWICK

Lyrics as Poetry

To show by touch and word
devotion to the earth,

to hold in high regard
all life that comes to birth,

we need, O God, the will to find
the good you had of old in mind.

Inspire our hearts to choose
the things that matter most,

to speak and do the truth,
creating peace and trust.

For every challenge that we face
we need your guidance and your grace.

Let love from day to day
be touchstone, guide and norm,

and let our lives portray
your Word in human form.

Now come with us that we may have
your wits about us where we live.


Words by
Fred KaanCopyright © 1975, 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and CanadaCopyright © 1975, 1996 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

Author Fred Kaan, from his book
THE ONLY EARTH WE KNOW (page 58):

“First published in 1975 and revised in 1996, this hymn expresses one of my major preoccupations in life: how do we make a good transition from worship in church to representing Christ in the world. I often think that the most important ‘liturgical movement’ in worship is the opening of the church doors after the blessing. Now what?…“


The Only Earth We Know
(Hymn Texts by Fred Kaan)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA and Canada)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)

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PIANO
hymn-style

One Verse
played by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture Reference

  • Romans 12:2

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Call to action
  • Church∶ outreach
  • Close of Worship
  • Commissioning
  • Creation∶ care of
  • Devotion
  • Earth, Earth Day
  • Love
  • Outreach
  • Sending out

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