Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday's Song

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

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!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

--Charles Wesley, 1739


Beth said...

Hi Leza! How was your Easter Sunday? I was just looking at all the pictures of snow on your blog. Hope things are thawing out now. Today we took a walk and there were pools of water all over because the giant mountains of snow are finally starting to melt!!! Yayyy! I am so ready for warm weather.

Leza said...

Hey, Beth!

Resurrection Day was good and fun for us! :-) It started out with breakfast @ the Baptist Church we've been attending, and a lamb lunch @ home. On Saturday, we had friends over and went sledding @ Lowes Creek. It was a blast! The adults went sledding along with the kids. I only went down the hill once, staying down to get pics of everyone else. How was yours?

Snow--I have issues with snow, you know? It was so nice and warm on the Fri we were in Chicago the day before the wedding, and I only saw one patch of snow by the Field Museum. The second all four tires of our van rolled onto our driveway in Eau Claire Monday pm, the snow literally started flying!!! Then we had even more a couple days later! But it *is* melting, and doing so slowly, which is good. Poor Earl right now is running around in the mud where there is no snow.

A few crocus leaves have poked through the soil, and I'm anxiously awaiting to see what will bloom, this year. Rabbits have been hanging out in our gardens (and on the open front porch :-)), so between them and the deer, I'm bracing myself for some disappointment. Now if they'll only leave my Milkweed alone! I'm tempted to sprinkle Jake's sand around after doing a spring cleaning in his habitat to ward off the cute (they honestly *are*!) moles, too--he's come out of his partial hibernation and is feeding regularly, and has gotten so big! :-)

I'm all but done with yearbook, but still need to get the back-up pics together for Su and get stuff posted up on Facebook for everyone, too. It's been too busy for too long, but am hoping things will slow down a bit so I can have time to post more on the blogs, as well. :-)

It was *wonderful* seeing you and meeting Peter. The Lord knows how to make good matches! :-) We all had such a *super* time in IL and seeing so many people from all over that we haven't seen in ages.

The Sandhill Cranes are heading north (saw them in Chicago and recently here, too), we saw a robin yesterday and heard one this morning, so things are looking up. Can't wait to hear the Spring Peepers and other little froggies. :-) *And* my Monarchs! :-) How about you???

Beth said...

Hi Leza,

Our Easter was spent at the St Thomas conference. It was nice to seem some old friends, but it's sure different being Canadian and saying by to my American friends!

Our snow is slowly melting, most of what's left is piled up in parking lots. But no crocuses yet, that I know of- so you guys are ahead of us! This winter has seen a lot of snow, much of which I watched falling past my window at work. I like snow when it's falling, or I'm on vacation and I can play in it. ;P

It was really good to see you guys in Chicago too! It felt a little surreal- such a short weekend. Your kids have grown so much, but they're still as sweet and lovable as ever!

As for planting, I am planning some herbs, but not much else will fit on our balcony. Glad to hear you're already planning your garden! I am very excited for spring! Talk with you later! Love always,

Leza said...

You got to see a lot of the same people @ the conference.

Yea, I know what you mean about the surreal feeling--your back as a part of your former stomping grounds surrounded with everyone from every where, and then suddenly, "poof!", you're ack home again, left with a blur of memories--or was it all just a dream???

It *could* have been all a dream, Dearie. You were up so late the night before helping out with the wedding! By the second reception, you looked so whipped! The 8+ hour trip one way didn't help matters one iota either, did it?! ;-}

Ooooh! Plant some extra parsley for the Black Swallowtails, and then very carefully inspect leaves for yellow/yellow-black eggs, "fuzzy" "dirt" like looking larvae, or big fat cats "devouring" the leaves! Those be my babies!!! :-)

Love and miss you, too, Beth! :-)

Leza said...

Forgot to ask--how was the Bible conference? Yes, that must have been really odd being on the other side of the fence, so to speak, and watching everyone go back to the US.

I'm outside, and Sandhill Cranes just flew overhead!!! :-)