The lighter side: Hashtag Hymn fun on Twitter – Less Ambitious Hymns

In case any of you are unfamiliar with Twitter and its hashtags, the carrier of 140-character messages allows for themes to be developed and identified by a name that is preceded by a # sign.

Some of these are serious – during the Iranian election protests a hashtag was developed so that protestors could share information with one another and with the world. Some hashtags are admittedly trite and some are even crude.  Some of them are spiritual…

And some are amusing!  Over the weekend one of the latter was a #LessAmbitiousHymns hashtag which took off, with contributions from around the world.  For some reason, though, the majority seemed to come from here in the UK. That could raise the question, do religious Brits have a better sense of humour than those of a religious persuasion in other nations, or do we just have more experience of how to get away with less ambition in our religious walk?!

My own take would be that we know how to keep one hopeful eye on heaven’s blueprint and one ironic eye on day-to-day reality…and can find time to laugh at ourselves for the discrepancy!

So, in the immortal words of Julie Andrews in “Sound of Music” “These are a few of my favourite [#LessAmbitiousHymns]“

Undercover Nun undercovernun Onward, Christian soldiers, heading out for lunch! #LessAmbitiousHymns

artbizness artbizness Glorious Things of Thee Are Muttered #lessambitioushymns

Paul Ellis paul_romsey Go tell it on the molehill #lessambitioushymns

Undercover Nun undercovernun O Come, All Ye Twice-a-Year Churchgoers #LessAmbitiousHymns

Nora K. Loyd norakl We Three Kings, Disoriented Are #LessAmbitiousHymns

Kathryn Rose artsyhonker What an acquaintance we have in Jesus #LessAmbitiousHymns

gallóglach BraveIndex Onward Christian Re-enactors! #lessambitioushymns

Peter Johnston alloam Dear Lord and Father of my denomination  #lessambitioushymns

Kathryn Rose artsyhonkerI suspect that my Redeemer lives #LessAmbitiousHymns

gallóglach BraveIndex Morning has malfunctioned #lessambitioushymns

Richard Woodward derbeian Sideways Atheist Pacifists.

Undercover Nun undercovernun And I will raise you up on pigeon’s wings… #LessAmbitiousHymns

If you have any favourite “less ambitious hymns” you want to add to the list and you are not on Twitter, feel free to add them to the comments below!

Here is a video of jazz icon John Coltrane performing his version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favourite Things”:

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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