Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020, will be unlike any other. Christians will not be able to celebrate together in our church congregations, but the suggestion is that, at 10.00am on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection by going outside and singing the well-known hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine be the Glory at the top of our voices.
The suggestion of David Pott (who planted the Two Saints Way pilgrimage route between Chester and Lichfield Cathedrals) has been taken up by, among others, Churches Together in England and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Find more information via THIS LINK.
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia, our triumphant holy day; alleluia, who did once upon the cross; alleluia, suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing; Alleluia, unto Christ our heavenly king; alleluia, who endured the cross and grave; alleluia, sinners to redeem and save: alleluia!
3 But the pains which he endured; Alleluia, our salvation have procured; alleluia, now above the sky he’s King; alleluia, where the angels ever sing: alleluia!
4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia! Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
Thine be the glory
1 Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won. Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.
Refrain: Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
2 Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb. Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom; let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. [Refrain]
3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!! Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife; make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love; bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above. [Refrain]
Spring Harvest goes online
Following the cancellation of the annual Easter-time Spring Harvest programme, the event has moved to an online conference, with content suitable for all the family. From Easter Monday, 13 April, to Friday 17 April, the 2020 theme of ‘Unleashed – The Acts Church Today‘ will be explored in a variety of formats, including morning Bible teaching, live worship, specialist seminars and workshops. Spring Harvest Home will be available online through a dedicated YouTube channel.