Jesus is risen! Now we move through the Great 50 Days of Eastertide as a people called to practice resurrection both with and through our lives. Life and love are the final answer. This is our story, our song, and our hope. Let us meditate on and approach each day mindful of the words of hymn 180 from The Hymnal 1982.
He is risen, he is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice: he has burst his three days’ prison; let the whole wide earth rejoice: death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory.
Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted, with glad smile and radiant brow! Death’s long shadows have departed; Jesus’ woes are over now, and the passion that he bore - sin and pain can vex no more.
Come, with high and holy hymning, hail our Lord’s triumphant day; not one darksome cloud is dimming yonder glorious morning ray, breaking o’er the purple east, symbol of our Easter feast.
He is risen, he is risen! He hath opened heaven’s gate: we are free from sin’s dark prison, risen to a holier state; and a brighter Easter beam on our longing eyes shall stream.
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), alt.;
Music: Unser Herrscher, Joachim Neander (1650-1680)
Blessings as we walk by faith with Jesus.
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
Wednesday in Easter Week, 11 April 2021