Preparing for Easter

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I have often joked that “it’s always Christmas or Easter in the music ministry.” That’s one of my favorite things about what we do. We are always telling the story of salvation through our songs – from the Incarnation to the Resurrection, anticipating the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we prepare for the wonderful music of Palm Sunday & Easter, click the link below to download scriptures directly related to most of the songs we are presenting the next two Sundays:

Palm & Easter Scriptures 2015

Here is a wonderful (anonymous) lyric first published in 1868 by pastor and composer, Robert Lowry that really expresses the way I feel about this season and our task as worship leaders. (Orchestra members feel free to insert the word “playing” where appropriate!)

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;

Thro’ all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho’ the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night He giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it,

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?