Easter Songs of Praise – 12th April 2020

There will be no “LIVE” Service. You simply click on the links (to listen to the hymns) and read a wee bit about each hymn that has been chosen by folks in the congregation.

Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed. Hallelujah.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. Psalm 118:25-26

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9

We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:18-19

THERE IS A GREEN HILL FAR AWAY

“There is a green hill far away” is an Anglican hymn. The words are by Cecil Frances Alexander; and the most popular tune by William Horsley. It was written to create a musical version of the words from the creed

Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. Matthew 27:28-29

WHEN JESUS LOOKED O’ER GALILEE

Salvation Army Song Book. Words: Catherine Baird Music: Ernest Fewster

Devotional by General John Larsson and presented by Kevin Larsson. Vocalist – Barbara Allen. Piano – James Allen.

Above his head they placed the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the king of the Jews. Matthew 27:37

JESUS I BELIEVE IN YOU

songwriter:Reuben Morgan

Sung by Hillsong.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

ON THAT FIRST EASTER

A new song for kids worship & performance at Easter. “Celebrate that Jesus lives, Celebrate the love that He gives, Ever and ever, “Hosanna” we’ll say, Because of that Easter day”. By Martha Bolton & Bob Singleton

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6

IN THE BULB THERE IS A FLOWER

Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992), born in Illinois, was a Methodist church musician and composer of, as well as hymns, a considerable number of choral works, including many for children, which are widely published and sung. This hymn was first performed as an anthem and was written, when she was pondering ‘the whole reawakening of the world that happens every spring’, after a friend drew her attention to T S Eliot, ‘In the end is my beginning’. It was entitled ‘Hymn of Promise’, here the name of the tune. This hymn ‘came back’ with the Very Rev Andrew McLellan from a visit during his moderatorial year (2000). He introduced it to the General Assembly of 2001 – and thus to the Church of Scotland – with these words: “I heard ‘In the bulb there is a flower’ in Romania, where Christianity has been moving from painful death to resurrection. It was written by an American who suffered for most of her short life from a terrible wasting disease: but it is a song of lightsome Easter hope.”

17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:17-20

RISEN Shawna Edwards

Shawna Edwards posted on 21st March 2019 about her new song: “RISEN” – I’m more excited to share this song than any I’ve ever written. In fact, I decided not to wait for the video this time.

The reason I write songs is to share my belief that we are children of a living, loving God; that Jesus is the Christ, and He really is risen; and that He has made a way to reclaim each one of us. This is the greatest hope in all the world.

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Luke 24:6-7

FOR ALL THE SAINTS

A recording of the great Ralph Vaughan Williams tune (SINE NOMINE – literally, “without name”) by the Choir of King’s College

For All the Saints” was written as a processional hymn by the Anglican Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How. The hymn was first printed in Hymns for Saints’ Days, and Other Hymns, by Earl Nelson, 1864.

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20:8-9

CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY

Charles Wesley, the co-founder of the Methodist Church, wrote “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” in 1739 where it was initially titled “Hymn for Easter Day”. He based it on an older anonymous Bohemian hymn titled “Jesus Christ is Risen Today

The Methodist historian Bernard Lord Manning said about it:

But in the evening at the chapel, though I was uncertain about the prayers, there was no gamble about the hymns. I knew we should have Charles Wesley’s Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” with its 24 “Alleluias”: and we did have it. Among any Dissenters worth the name that hymn is as certain to come on Easter Day as the Easter Collect in the Established Church (the Church of England). And mark this further—those 24 “Alleluias” are not there for nothing: the special use of “Alleluia” at Easter comes down to us from the most venerable liturgies. Our hymns are our liturgy, an excellent liturgy. Let us study it, respect it, use it, develop it, and boast of it.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-6

GUIDE ME OH THOU GREAT JEHOVAH

Words by William Williams

Tune – Cwm Rhondda by John Hughes

AUTHOR: Words: William Williams (1717-1791) and others?

EARLIEST DATE: 1745 (words translated, according to the Methodist Hymnal)

The imagery of the song is strongly reminiscent of the Exodus — e.g. in Exodus 16:4 God promises “bread from heaven” (the manna which the Israelites ate until they settled in Canaan). The Israelites are led by a pillar of fire at night (Exodus 13:21, etc.) There are no crystal fountains in Exodus, or anywhere in the Hebrew Bible, but the idea may have been inspired by the various references to water from a rock.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

THINE BE THE GLORY

Thine Be the Glory, Risen Conquering Son (French: À toi la gloire O Ressuscité), also titled Thine Is the Glor is a Christian hymn for Easter, written by the Swiss writer Edmond Budry (1854–1932)

The tune of “Thine Be the Glory” was written by Handel in 1747, intended for use in Handel’s Joshua oratorio; however, when it was played, it was popular enough that Handel added it to Judas Maccabaeus. In 1796, Ludwig Van Beethoven composed twelve variations on it for both piano and cello.

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