Hymn Text for Easter Sunday 04/12/2020

This Easter Celebration

(Carolyn Winfrey Gillette)


This Easter celebration is not like ones we’ve known.

We pray in isolation, we sing the hymns alone.

We’re distant from our neighbors— from worship leaders, too.

No flowers grace the chancel to set a festive mood.


No gathered choirs are singing; no banners lead the way.

O God of love and promise, where’s joy this Easter Day?

With sanctuaries empty, may homes become the place

we ponder resurrection and celebrate your grace.


Our joy won’t come from worship that’s in a crowded room

but from the news of women who saw the empty tomb.

Our joy comes from disciples who ran with haste to see—

who heard that Christ is risen, and then, by grace, believed.


In all the grief and suffering, may we remember well:

Christ suffered crucifixion and faced the powers of hell.

Each Easter bears the promise:  Christ rose that glorious day!

Now nothing in creation can keep your love away.


We thank you that on Easter, your church is blessed to be

a scattered, faithful body that’s doing ministry. 

In homes and in the places of help and healing, too,     

we live the Easter message by gladly serving you.


Benediction 

O, God of heaven, 

earth and oceans deep, 

bless all virtual gatherers, 

so that we may keep 

our spirits all connected 

in these distanced days, 

always united by your grace.