Happy Mother’s Day

I know it’s a Hallmark holiday, but I wanted to share this with you.  This video was produced by Sally Clarkson at itakejoy.com.  I have received great encouragement from her blog.  It’s refreshing to read the stories of someone who has been there.

 

May you have a blessed day enjoying the riches God has entrusted to you.  Keep up the faith.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up”
~Galatians 6:9

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“The kids are alright…”

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This past Sunday, my son amazed me.  Our church has a children’s program during the sermon, but the kids (and teachers) come back up at the end of the service for Act IV: Renewal (The Lord’s Supper, Song of Response, Benediction).

I will digress a bit here, if I may.  Our church service is laid out like a drama of four acts – Creation (Prayer of Invocation, Call to Worship, Songs of Praise), Fall (Prayer of Confession),  Redemption (Assurance of Forgiveness, Offering, Song of Response, Greeting One Another, Scripture Reading, Sermon, Confession of Faith, Song of Response) and the aforementioned Renewal.  Those of you who know me understand how much this idea of a Sunday drama appeals to me.

Back to my son.  Logan, our six year old, gets back from City Kids (the children’s program) and immediately starts writing on one of the bulletins.  He continues to write while…

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Christ, the Lord

He is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Easter Hymn, most lyrics by Charles Wesley, music by Lyra Davidica

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And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

There were also women looking on from…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 

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