In Lutheran Service Book, he authored the following hymns:
- 474: Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!
- 680: Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
- 817: Earth and All Stars
- 879: Stay With Us
One text and tune that has grown on me over the years is "Stay With Us." My ear had to get used to descending down the scale by three notes and turning around and heading up before the dropping to the D.
Normally when the descent is G-F#-E, the next note is automatically a D. With this tune, our ear is put on hold, since the D doesn't show up until the next measure. I like it now, but for years it was outside of my aural comfort zone.
Speaking of comfort zones, "Earth and All Stars" is often outside the comfort zone of pastors and musicians. This will not be the place to lash out on this hymn. I will say one thing, though. If "loud, boiling test tubes" are not your thing, review the Psalms 146 through 150 and a few others, then choose the verses that best reflect Scripture. Also, remember that which we confess in the Te Deum, "All creation worships You, the Father everlasting."
Thinking outside the box, here, but you could change out the lyrics and keep the repetition.
Another option is to pair the refrain of this hymn with a psalm tone. Have a cantor chant the prose text from the psalmody and the congregation respond with "He has done marvelous things. I, too, will praise Him with a new song."
It's good to struggle with hymnody. Like all of God's creation here on earth, it isn't perfect. It takes good knowledge of Scripture, theology, and liturgy to prepare a worship service and to draw on the vast resources of your hymnal.
Check out hymn writer Stephen Starke's retrospective on his blog starke Kirchenlieder.
Recordings of Brokering's texts are fairly scarce on youtube. This one commemorates the anniversary of Messiah Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Lindsborg, Kansas.