Written by Rev. Linda Middelberg
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” John 20:18
One of my favorite hymn writers is Brian Wren. When I was planning worship, I would sing “Christ is Risen” all year long. The third verse reminds us that because Christ is risen the world has changed forever!
Christ is risen! Earth and heaven
Nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation
Where the world is still in pain.
Tell its grim, demonic chorus:
Christ is risen! Get you gone!
God the First and Last is with us,
Sing Hosanna, everyone!
When I was at St. Andrew in Beavercreek, I had the honor of working with Elise Eslinger as our organist. When we would get to the part of the verse where it says: tell the grim demonic chorus GET YOU GONE! She would really hit those notes so we could shout!
This Easter morning, I am shouting Christ is Risen, Life and Love Wins! AMEN!