Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, Indeed! Henceforth, the first day of each week, Sundays, are seen as “little Easter” celebrations of the resurrection and life everlasting that Jesus Christ, by conquering death has given his followers. We worship and serve a risen savior who is in the world today sharing love and hope and life through the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God for the new life that is ours in Jesus Christ our living Lord! Friends, we are Easter People who know that death has lost its sting and has no lasting hold on us as Jesus disciples. Our message and mission for those living in doubt and despair in this world is one of Faith, Hope, Love and New Beginnings with GOD who is redeeming all things and helping us day to day to live and follow and serve Jesus Christ – who is Lord of heaven and earth!
For April, I want to introduce you to Hymn Number 502 We Who Once Were Lost in our GLORY TO GOD HYMNAL. This 20th – century Dutch hymn could well be understood as an expansion of the imagery of death and life in Romans 6:1-11, interpreted from a eucharistic perspective. Such short lines and exact rhymes are a challenge to maintain; the art of this text is a measure of its conviction. The text of this hymn was written by Muus Jacobse in 1961 and set to a tune composed by Rik Veelenturf in 1960. Please take some time to meditate upon each line of this powerful communion hymn. We will share this hymn on Easter prior to celebrating the Lord’s Supper in worship.
- We who once were dead now live, fully knowing Jesus as our head. Life is overflowing when he breaks the bread.
- We were lost in night, but you sought and found us. Give us strength to fight; death is all around us. Jesus, be our light.
- He became our bread; Jesus died to save us. On him we are fed, eating what he gave us, rising from the dead.
- Let us share the pain you endured in dying; we shall then remain living; death defying, we shall rise again.
- Jesus, you were dead, but you rose and, living, made yourself our bread, in your goodness giving life though we were dead.
- This is your design; in this meal we meet you. Be our bread and wine, Jesus, we entreat you. This shall be our sign.
MAY – GOD BLESS US ALL!