Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Sunday
(a poem & song)

Easter Benediction

upon Golgotha
(where the trees hung still)
our heads slumped and swayed
to three strikes and a jab,
yes, they nailed Him down
pierced, and crowned
this unruly king of the Jews.

orphans of light
you gather tomb-side, teary-eyed calling:

"Have you seen the One?
Who warmed our hearts,
with simple truths and purest love --
Have you seen our Lord?"

Friends,
He is not here!
His forgiveness eyes opened,
threw off tomb's stone shroud,
stood up against sorrow and fear,
knocked death off its throne
and went on to the city ahead of you.

Hail our Messiah!
Conqueror of death,
rises over this third morning
splices sky into light ribbons
beaming over all that is new -- He lives!

yes! He lives and His name is Love,
(and this Love endures without end without end without end)

dear people, Praise your God!
for if you followed Him here,
you will follow Him there --
forever-renewed in His forever-world!

May the Lord ever be before you,
within you, reaching out to all the world
through you,

Go in celebration, go in peace, He is risen!


Copyright -- Kelly Hall, 04/16/2006


Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Verse 1
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, Allelua!

Verse 5
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeeem our loss, Alleluia!

By: Charles Wesley -- props to songwriters who put real content in their songs....

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