On Monday 24th September the 2018 World Cup of Bad Hymns will begin. This will be organised by a sequence of Twitter polls, one per day, on a knock-out basis, with as many rounds as are needed.
Badness may be defined any way you wish, either by stupid lyrics, bad theology (since people of all Christian denominations may take part, we won't get agreement here), or even by an appalling tune. Nominations for the competition close on September 23rd.
These are the entrants so far. You may nominate more bad hymns, either by commenting on this blog, or by replying to the tweet that announces the World Cup.
Anything that makes you shudder...
Alleluia Ch-Ch (Paul Inwood) Autumn days when the grass is jewelled (Estelle White) Bind us together, Lord (Bob Gillman) Christ be our light (Bernadette Farrell) Colours of day (Sue McClellan) Deep within my heart, I feel voices whispering to me (Fr Frank Andersen) Enemy of apathy (John L. Bell and Graham Maule) Follow me (Michael Cocket) Go, the Mass is ended (Sister Marie Lydia Pereira) God's Spirit is in my heart (Alan Dale) I saw the grass, I saw the trees (Estelle White) I, the Lord of sea and sky (Daniel Schutte) I watch the sunrise (Glynn) If I were a butterfly (Brian Howard) Jesus Christ the apple tree (R.H.) Journeys ended, journeys begun (Gregory Norbet) Kumbayah (anon) Lord of the Dance (Sidney Carter) Moses, I know you're the man (Estelle White) On eagle's wings (Michael Joncas) Our God reigns (Leonard E. Smith) Shine, Jesus, Shine (Kendrick) Walk in the Light (Damian Lundy)
"The next hymn is ... so put your hand up if you want to leave."
Addendum: We'd better stick to English language hymns (and Christian ones) to avoid strange songs from people worshipping Klingon gods.