Thought for the week

Thought for the week: Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

In the ordinary course of events, some of us would be gathering together at Boundale Farm at dawn on this Easter Sunday morning for our sunrise service (and of course the bacon butties!).  That is not happening this year but, as I prepared this thought, I cast my mind back to last year’s service when the sun appeared over the hill, right on cue, making up for all those years when we have shivered under cloudy skies.  In that moment it was easy to imagine the wonder and joy of the women on the first Easter morning.

The first hymn we sung last year, was that great Easter hymn, Thine be the Glory, originally written in French by Edmond Budry, but owing much to the poetic licence used by Richard Hoyle when translating it into English in 1923:

  1. Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son:
    endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won;
    angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
    kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
    Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;
    endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

  2. Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
    lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
    let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,
    for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
    Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

    endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

  3. No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
    life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
    make us more than conqu'rors, thro' thy deathless love:
    bring us safe thro' Jordan to thy home above.
    Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;\

    endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.
     

The hymn tells the story of the resurrection (Matthew 28: 1-10), describing the wonder of that moment and reminding us how Jesus ‘scatters fear and gloom’ – words important to remember this Sunday.  The church may not be physically gathering together to sing hymns of triumph, but we can sing them in our hearts, or join with others through radio, television or the internet.  We put our faith in Jesus to aid us in our strife and to take the sting from death – we will of course still mourn loved ones, but we are reassured that death is not the end.

 

Lord Jesus, we thank you that we can meet you this Easter Morning. Scatter the fear and gloom of the lockdown and give hope to those suffering through illness, isolation or bereavement.  Be with those lying critically ill, and lead the dying through Jordan to rest and peace with you. Amen.

Leavening Methodist Church admin@leaveningmethodists.org.uk
 
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. Hebrews 12 v2
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