Be Our Guest

Let's have a little fun today - ok?

This song popped in my head, so I decided to look up the lyrics - wow! It wasn't revelation from heaven, but what I found was a slew of "best practices" and "topical considerations" for churches that offer a guest services (and if you don't...well, another post for another day).

I've included the lyrics below.

Please invite me to your church to help with training ushers, greeters, guest services, parking lot attendants - anything that interacts with a guest on Sunday morning - I promise I won't sing Disney songs and I won't use the following as an outline - well, maybe for kids church services I would...:)

Beauty And The Beast - Be Our Guest Lyrics

Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride
greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight.
And now
we invite you to relax, let us pull up a
chair as the dining room proudly presents -
your dinner!

Be our guest! Be our guest!
Put our service to the test

Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie
And we'll provide the rest
Soup du jour
Hot hors d'oeuvres
we only live to serve
Try the grey stuff
It's delicious
Don't believe me? Ask the dishes
They can sing, they can dance
After all, Miss, this is France
And a dinner here is never second best
Go on, unfold your menu
Take a glance and then you'll

Be our guest
Oui, our guest
Be our guest!
Lumiere and Chorus:
Beef ragout
Cheese souffle
Pie and pudding "en flambe"

We'll prepare and serve with flair
A culinary cabaret!
You're alone
And you're scared

But the banquet's all prepared
No one's gloomy or complaining

While the flatware's entertaining
We tell jokes! I do tricks
With my fellow candlesticks
And it's
all in perfect taste
That you can bet
Come on and lift your glass
You've won your own free pass
be out guest
If you're stressed
It's fine dining we suggest


Be our guest! Be our guest! Be our guest!
Get your worries off your chest

Let us say for your entree
We've an array; may we suggest:
Try the bread! Try the soup!
When the croutons loop de loop
It's a treat for any dinner
Don't belive me? Ask the china
Singing pork! Dancing veal!
What an entertaining meal!

How could anyone be gloomy and depressed?
We'll make you shout "encore!"

And send us out for more
So, be our guest!
Be our guest!
Be our guest!
Mrs Potts:
It's a guest! It's a guest!
Sakes alive, well I'll be blessed!
Wine's been poured and
thank the Lord
I've had the napkins freshly pressed
With dessert, she'll want tea
And my dear that's fine with me
While the cups do their soft-shoein'
I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing
I'll get warm, piping hot
Heaven's sakes! Is that a spot?

Clean it up! We want the company impressed
We've got a lot to do!
Mrs Potts:
Is it one lump or two?
For you, our guest!
She's our guest!
Mrs Potts:
She's our guest!
She's our guest!

Be our guest!
Be our guest!
Be our guest!

Life is so unnerving
For a servant who's not serving

He's not whole without a soul to wait upon
Ah, those good old days when we were useful...

Suddenly those good old days are gone
Ten years we've been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills!

Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!

Be our guest!
Be our guest!

Our command is your request
It's been years since we've had anybody here
And we're obsessed
With your meal, with your ease
Yes, indeed, we aim to please
While the candlelight's still glowing
Let us help you, We'll keep going
Course by course, one by one
'Til you shout, "Enough! I'm done!"
Then we'll sing you off to sleep as you digest
Tonight you'll prop your feet up
But for now, let's eat up

Be our guest!
Be our guest!
Be our guest!
Please, be our guest!

OK, now you too can sing this song in your head all day like me...


Anonymous said...

great Rick thats great man I wish more churches would catch the vision of guest services

Unknown said...

Yep, now I'm singing it! Thanks!
Really good post! :)

Unknown said...

Strangely enough, that song brings me back to the days of performing a Disney musical revue in chorus during my sophomore year at Duluth (GA) High School in 1992.

I'm sure that wasn't quite the response you were looking for when you posted this, but another good blog post nonetheless!

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