This hymn is well-beloved in the church, and rightly so. The music and lyrics are uplifting and celebratory. This year at VBS as we learned about weird animals, we learned to sing this hymn. However, we learned a different version as well. The tune is very familiar, but the lyrics are adapted from Monty Python.
All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things mean and spiny,
The Lord God made the lot.
The kids had a ball singing this version. Theologically this reminds us of a very powerful truth. God called all of creation good. God didn’t say bunnies and puppies are good but sea urchins and tarantulas not so much. God loves all things bright and beautiful but equally loves all things dull and ugly.
On the Feast of St. Francis, Sat., Oct. 4 at 10:00 AM, we will have a blessing of the animals service in the Memorial Garden. All animals (who should be properly restrained for their own health and safety) will receive a blessing, including the many creatures who live in the garden and around the church. At that service we will sing All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Dull and Ugly to remind us that everything, no matter how weird or different, is beloved by God!
After the service, the middle school and high school youth will have an outing to a local dog park or pet store to take blessings to animals in our community. You may remember my thoughts on Ashes to Go. This is animal blessings to go! Watch for more information on the youth outing that morning.