Alton Webteam: April 2019
April brings with it the sights and sounds of spring are all around us as we enjoy the daffodils in the gardens, the blossom on the trees, the lambs in the fields and the smell of newly mown grass. Spring is a wonderful time of year when after the deadness of winter new life is all around us in the beauty of creation.
One of my favourite hymns is:
For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:
Gracious God, to you we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.
For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light:
This hymn was written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint who was inspired by the beauty of the countryside around him in Bath, Somerset. Not only is it a good hymn to sing, I also think it makes a very good prayer to pray as we give thanks for the beauty of creation, the wonder of our senses, the love of family and God's many gifts to us.
April also brings with it the greatest of all our Christian Festivals, Easter. We look forward to reliving the moving scene of Jesus washing the disciple's feet in the Upper Room having shared the Passover meal with them. We picture him going out of the city to pray on the Mount of Olives, only to be betrayed by Judas. On Good Friday we will remember the scene of the cross and in our different churches have the opportunity to reflect on all that Christ has done for us.
And then as the sun rises on Easter Day we will gather together to celebrate the risen Lord.
"See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, "Christ is risen!"
See God's salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
(Stuart Townend & Keith Getty)
We look forward to a wonderful Easter Celebration!
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