2017 windows on Holy Week #8

Nazareth (photo: Kate McDonald)

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

1 Peter 4:3-9 (NIV)
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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Sun, moon, sky, stars,
mountains, valleys, heights, plains,
fountains, pools, rivers, seas,
whatever flies, crawls or swims,
lift up your voices to the glory of Christ.
Today the world’s Redeemer returns
victorious from the inferno.

(Ancient prayer depicting the whole
of creation worshipping the risen Christ)

1. Sun and moon, stars and planets,
Wind and rain and fire and hail,
All of creation, join in our song of praise.

Sing glory! Glory to God in heaven!
Sing glory! Glory to God!

2. Land and sea, hills and mountains,
cows and sheep and birds and bees,
All of creation, join in our song of praise.

(Repeat chorus)

3. Rich and poor, kings and shepherds,
Men and women, boys and girls,
All of creation, join in our song of praise.

(Repeat chorus)

A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from Around the World by John Carden, p. 299

words and music by Irene Bom (notation included)

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