I HEARD YOU BLURTING MY NAME THERE ... ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR YOU?
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"He has been raised/ He is not here" (Mark 16:6)
One of the sure sign that Spring has arrived is the number of birds that we see on the parsonage lawn every morning when we look out the kitchen window. We see them looking for food, chasing each other and just doing what birds do.
When I was growing up, my mother would take me to Keller's Department Store and buy me some new clothes to wear on Easter Sunday. She would buy herself a new dress, but for some reason she took my sisters to Longview, about 35 miles from Daingerfield, to buy their clothes, but new clothes meant the arrival of Spring!
Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, and what a joyous day it is! And for many, Easter Sunday marks the real beginning of Spring.
One of my favorite hymns that has been sung at every Easter service I have ever attended is Christ the Lord is Risen Today, written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Kenneth Osbeck, in his book, 101 Hymn Stories (Kregel Publications), tells us "The Hymn was written for the first service held in the Foundry Meeting House in London and it's original title was Hymn for Easter Day. Foundry Meeting House was the first Wesleyan Chapel in London, and was so named because it had been a former iron foundry." It is interesting that we do not know, according to Mr. Osbeck, "the composer of the music to which the great hymn is sung, and the joyous "alleluia" at the end of each line was not written by Wesley, but was added by an unknown editior to make the text fit the tune."
Kenneth Osbeck also reminds us that, "'hallelujah,' or 'alleluia' is from the ancient Hebrew worship service and was a common expression of praise in the early Christian Church." Mr. Osbeck also tells us that "Jerome, who was an important leader of the early church and who translated the Bible in the Latin language said, in his day the ceiling of houses of worship were often shaken with the reverberating 'Hallelujahs' when believers sang their praises to God."
This great hymn, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, will be our "opening hymn" on Easter Sunday, as it will be in many churches throughout Christendom. As we gather together on Easter sunday, let our voices "shake" the ceiling of our church as we shout "alleluia" Christ the Lord IS Risen Today!
Grace and Peace, Rodney
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Rev. Rodney C. Wallace, pastor
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