St. Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe
April 2018 Worshipping the Risen Christ Last month I wrote a little about the nature of worship – having in February described worship as one of the core actions that define a Christian believer. We surely reach one of the heights of worship over this period of Easter! In this season, we celebrate. We pay particular attention to the account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion and burial. We praise and thank Jesus who accepted the cross, who suffered and died and who in this great example of courage and sacrifice, somehow bore in himself, the sin of the world. We give glory to God that at Easter, life was restored and Jesus was wonderfully and unexpectedly seen by many people in different circumstances over the next 40 days. We celebrate as we grasp that death has been defeated, and that we have the hope of eternal life through him. This gratitude, appreciation, praise and exultation all leads us to worship God – to glorify him and be glad in him. It should be our experience as we gather for worship that we are thrilled and enthusiastic as we sing and praise God. Despite a well-honed English trait of conservatism and restraint, it seems to me we should encourage one another to allow a little more rejoicing in our worship!
We sing, ‘All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice – him serve with fear, his praise forth tell, come ye before him and rejoice’. I hope over the Easter period, as you reflect on a great and timeless victory won over the forces of darkness, and as you realise that, by faith in him, you stand yourself as a direct beneficiary, you will want to join in worshipping God with praise and thanksgiving – in your own home, or with others at one of our Easter-tide services. Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. You are the resurrection and the life. We who believe in you shall never die. Alleluia! A very Happy Easter! Tom