Hymn for Groundhog’s Day

Last night I came across a tweet posted by The Rev. Dean McIntyre of The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship  which said simply

 “The Woodchuck Hymn,” a hymn  for Groundhog Day (Feb 2) by Dick Garland

I was intrigued, and clicked on the attached link; and to my delight, I discovered that this charming new lyric was inspired by my friend, and former parishioner, The Rev. Anne Robertson.  The story related on Anne’s website about her humorously prophetic action at a meeting of the St. John’s United Methodist Board of Trustees is guaranteed to make you laugh.  Effective prophetic actions are often tinged with a dose of mean-spirited anger. Anne proves that does not always need to be the case.

I don’t know the author of this hymn, but I like the lyrics. The lyrics convey a sense of delight that is all too rare in worship. If I were still involved in worship planning, I would find a way to use it.  This hymn and it’s backstory could be the basis for an entire worship experience in the right situation–perhaps at a retreat, on Earth Day,  a Service for a Blessing of the Animals, or Creation Sunday. Let me know if  YOU use it. I think this hymn deserves to become known.


Filed under Board of Trustees, Christianity, Creation, Earth Day, General Board of Discipleship, Humor, hymn, Praise the Lord for the Woodland Creatures, Prophecy, The Rev. Anne Robertson, Twitter, United Methodist, worship

2 responses to “Hymn for Groundhog’s Day

  1. Kathi

    let’s add this to the mix!


  2. Dick Garland, semi-retired UMC pastor, is the author of over 60 hymn texts on the GBOD website.


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