Recorded via Facebook Live on Easter morning.
Introit: The Easter Song 2nd Chapter of Acts - www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-hLSR5F4Y0
Anthem: Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI6dsMeABpU
Hymn: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzy7jFNUc3w
Hymn: Lord of the Dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdlsqfyxjvc
Full bulletin below.
Easter Vigil - Dominic Windram
The hard frost of Lent
Has gradually thawed.
And we calmly await,
The subtle miracle
That gives significance
To life's shadowy forms.
This is a night of strife,
That scans the centuries,
When deliverance and despair
Stake their claim on the psyche.
O Lady of Mercy,
Bless us in our brokenness,
As we offer bread and flowers,
As we discard the old, habitual ways.
O Lady of Grace,
Radiant heart of the Dawn,
Accept our human flaws,
May the spirit sanctify the flesh.
In this dreamless, cosmetic age
Of endless distractions,
We are lost in labyrinths
Looking for guidance.
We tend to inspect the air
For the scent of permanence.
Thus we cling to time worn rituals:
The flickering of a candle flame,
To symbolize His Presence,
Emerging from the veil of darkness;
Pure water and fresh fire
To caress the scars of Time.
We must prepare ourselves
For the moment that merges
With teeming Eternity;
When the frail, battered self
Retreats and a clear world
Of Being is born.
When even in old bones
The pith is gently stirred
And purpose is rekindled.
Easter is the year's ascension.
For at the stroke of midnight,
Spring time's revelation
Will herald the coming
Of a Greater Light.
John 19:28-30 It Is Finished
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
It is the destruction of the world
in our own lives that drives us
half insane, and more than half.
To destroy that which we were given
in trust: how will we bear it?
It is our own bodies that we give
to be broken, our bodies existing before and after us
in clod and cloud, worm and tree,
that we, driving or driven, despise
in our greed to live, our haste
to die. To have lost, wantonly,
the ancient forests, the vast grasslands
is our madness, the presence
in our very bodies of our grief.
Berry, Wendell. This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems (p. 82). Counterpoint Press. Kindle Edition.
Christians today observe Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
What does Maundy mean?
The Thursday before Easter is known as either Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for "command," and refers to Jesus' commandment to the disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you."
Since, despite the stern demands
of scientist and realist, we will always
be supposing, let us suppose
that Nature gave the world flowers
and birdsong as a language, by which
it might speak to discerning humans.
And what must we say back? Not
just thanks or praise, but acts
of kindness bespeaking kinship
with the creatures and with Nature, acts
faithful as the woods that dwells in place
time out of mind, self-denying
as the parenthood of the birds, and like
the flowers humble and beautiful.
Berry, Wendell. This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems (p. 383). Counterpoint Press. Kindle Edition.
Listen to today's featured music: This is My Song (Finlandia)
Peace United Church of Christ St. Cloud, MN