I have been singing the traditional hymns of the church my entire life, and I especially love the hymns of Easter. During the six weeks of Lent, we have been withholding the Alleluias, and the Lenten hymns have been reminding us of Jesus' betrayal, suffering, pain, the price He paid for our sinfulness, and His death on the cross for all sinful mankind and for me. The arrival of Easter is the day of Jesus' Resurrection, the empty tomb, his victory over death and the promise of eternal life. At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing. The Alleluias are back! I was a little worried this year that the music would not be as meaningful since we were not actually worshiping in church with the members of our congregation, but was I wrong! The music was especially meaningful because it was such a strong reminder of many years of singing with family, past and present, singing in church choirs, ringing handbells, and all of the members of congregations across the country and around the world, singing the hymns and praising God. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing. Singing from home, we were fortunate to be able to join in with the church organ in our congregation's livestream, along with two wonderful brass instrumentalists. The music truly lifted my spirits about all that's going on in the world right now, and the fact that we are stuck at home. The music reminded me of the celebration of Jesus in spite of the troubles of this world. The music was an opportunity to proclaim the Easter message and statement of faith. I Know That My Redeemer Lives.
Dear God, We thank you for the gift of salvation, won for us through Jesus' death and resurrection. Thank you for your gift of music. Thank you for the talents of the hymn writers and their meaningful texts which teach us Scripture and help us to sing praises to you. Thank you for the talents of musicians who write and play the music you have inspired, so when we hear the tune we instantly think of the message of the hymn. Thank you for the gift of hearing the music and being able to learn and receive the assurance of the Easter message that comes to us from Scripture, but also through the music. Amen. Also known as the Hymn for Easter Day: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!
-Ellen Pratt, School Ministries Staff Assistant