All Things Bright & Beautiful

"All Things Bright & Beautiful..."
“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful the Lord God made them all” - the chorus of one of the most popular hymns. When I ask people if they have a favourite hymn they’d like sung at a baptism, wedding, or even a funeral, it's top of the list. People speak about knowing it from school, and liking it because it’s cheerful.
 
But I wonder if you’ve ever considered the words? The lyrics speak of the beauty of creation - of pleasant summer sun, ripe fruits, purple-headed mountains, rivers, and sunsets; and then praise God who made them all. 
 
Over the summer, we’ve spent time in Devon and Wales, and on a number of occasions, as we rounded a corner, or caught a glimpse through a gap in a hedge, we were greeted by incredible views. It was great to have time to stop and simply take in the beauty of creation, to give thanks to God for the stunning world in which we live.
 
The Church is joining with St George’s vets to give thanks for creation in a different way - on Saturday 13th September, 3pm, we’re having a Pet Service. We’ll gather for readings, hymns and prayers. All animals are welcome, or please bring photos of any who can’t be with us, including those who’ve died, as we’ll give thanks for them. There’ll be refreshments afterwards. Please come and join us.
 
Rev Julia
September 2014


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