A prayer for Eastertide – listening to Christ for 50 days

April 6, 2015

It was a bit odd browsing Twitter today and seeing how quickly the topics of discussion have moved on from the quite intense focus on spiritual things during Holy Week and Easter to more mundane daily things…  And our blog traffic drops from thousands of visitors per day during Holy Week to a hundred or two hundred during the days following Easter.

Why is it we get excited by the forty days of Lent, but find it hard to stay focused during 50 days of Eastertide?  I am preaching to myself here.  It’s much easier for me to come up with devotional entries during Advent & Lent.  My track record of blogging during Eastertide is pretty miserable!

A prayer Kendall Harmon posted at TitusOneNine, attributed to E. Milner-White struck me quite powerfully:

Make our hearts to burn within us, O Christ, as we walk with thee in the way and listen to thy words; that we may go in the strength of thy presence and thy truth all our journey through, and at its end behold thee, in the glory of the eternal Trinity, God for ever and ever.

This strikes me as a good prayer for Eastertide – the 50 days of the Easter season.  May these 50 days be ones in which we walk with Jesus intentionally and listen to Him expound the Scriptures to our hearts, and may we ask Him to keep our hearts burning with a passion for Him and His Word.

Let’s encourage one another and pray for one another to truly celebrate the full SEASON of Easter, not merely one day, or one week.  We’d welcome ideas and comments from readers (and Twitter followers), and information on good resources for staying Easter-focused throughout Eastertide.


Updated Easter Music Series – Index (2014 and 2015)

April 6, 2015

Last updated 18 April 2015.  (I’ll aim to update this every Saturday during Easter)

During the Easter Octave of 2014, we posted some great Easter music.  I intend to post more throughout this Eastertide (my schedule and internet connection permitting!).  So here’s an index of our Easter Music Series entries so you can go back and find any great songs you might have missed.

Songs are grouped by Music Subcategory:

1. CCM Classics for Easter  (CCM from early 70s – early 90s.  Includes artists such as 2nd Chapter of Acts, the Imperials, Keith Green, Dallas Holm, Sandi Patty & Larnelle Harris, DeGarmo & Key, Amy Grant, Michael Card, Benny Hester, Bob Bennett, Leslie Phillips, Glad, Petra…)  [Some classic “Gospel” music is in this category too – Jesse Dixon, Andre Crouch….]

2. Easter Hymns & Classical

3. Easter Worship Songs  (Contemporary worship songs from songwriters such as Graham Kendrick, Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, etc.)

4. “Contemporary CCM”  (CCM songs from the mid-90s to the present, includes artists such as Andrew Peterson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, ThirdDay…)

5. World Music for Easter:  Easter worship songs from around the world in various languages!

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1. CCM Classics for Easter 

NEW:

Gaither Vocal Band: Alpha and Omega (1984)

Steve Green: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth (from New Young Messiah 1993)

LAMB: Hallelujah (1981)

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2. Easter Hymns & Classical

NEW: 

Paschal Canon Odes 1 & 3, Byzantine Choir of St. George Cathedral

Christ Our Passover is Sacrificed for us – Richard Dirksen

The Lord is Risen Indeed! (Easter Anthem) William Billings

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3. Easter Worship Songs

NEW:

He is Risen – Paul Baloche & Graham Kendrick with the All Souls Orchestra

See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn) – Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

 Easter Season Playlist – Contemporary Worship Songs  (note this contains no audio, just a list of 45-50 good Easter-themed contemporary worship songs)

 

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4. “Contemporary CCM”

NEW: 

Sojourn: the Warrior

Victorious, a fantastic new song by Third Day

Easter video: “Dance Your Shoes Off” (includes the song “Rise Up”)

An Easter Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Kelley Mooney and Choir

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5. World Music for Easter

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PLEASE READ these two important notes: 

1) Any music I have uploaded is music I have legally bought and paid for.  I HIGHLY value copyright and want to ensure artists get credit and royalties for their work.  Please respect music copyrights.  In almost every music post I have provided a link (often to the iTunes US store because that is handy for me to link) as to where you can purchase the song(s).  In some cases the post will have an embedded MP3 files.  Sometimes that’s because the albums are out of print.  In a few other cases it was because I was having problems with WordPress’ audio playlist feature.  Please do NOT download music from Lent & Beyond, but purchase the songs if you enjoy them!

2) I have gone back through posts from 2014 and prior years that are linked here to try and make sure all the links are working.  If you find a broken link, we’d greatly appreciate it if you would leave a comment telling us so I can fix it.  Thanks.


Music for Easter Monday – See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn)

April 6, 2015

I expect that like last year, much of whatever Easter devotional blogging I can find time to do will center around music.

Singing Easter hymns and worship songs throughout the 50 days of Easter is one of the best and easiest ways I know of to keep the joy of Easter alive and fresh  in our hearts.  Also as in 2014, I expect to post a variety of old hymns; modern worship songs and new hymns; and also Easter-focused songs by CCM artists such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, Andrew Peterson, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, etc.

You can find all our Easter Music entries here.  See also this index of Easter music entries (which I will try to update regularly).

This morning in our team’s morning prayer time, we sang “See What a Morning” (Resurrection Hymn) by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.  The words are SO powerful!  I was especially struck by the lines about how Christ’s resurrection clothes our faith with certainty.  And also, the image of the Lord’s voice “speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,” – just as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, with His two discouraged disciples.  As He spoke the Scriptures to them, their hearts burned within them, and when He revealed Himself to them, they were filled with joy and hope and ran to tell the other disciples…  May the Lord continually stir up and revive our hearts with the joy of the resurrection this Easter season!

You can read about the background to the hymn from the Getty’s website.

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!

See Mary weeping, ‘Where is He laid?’
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope,
Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit
Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned
With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won,
Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

You can download the lyrics for free at Worship Together.
Here’s the links to buy this song at iTunes (Townend version), or here (Getty Version)


For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

April 6, 2015

The Hellenist tradition links the name Joppa to Iopeia, or Cassiopeia, mother of Andromeda. An outcropping of rocks near the harbor is reputed to have been the place where Andromeda was rescued by Perseus.  In the Greek myth, she had been chained to a rock as a sacrifice to appease the sea monster Cetus.  The name Andromeda means ‘ruler of men.’

Our Father in heaven,

We declare that Christ Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain for the sins of Joppa, Israel.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Jesus is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. We proclaim Christ Jesus as the Lord of lords and the King of kings in Joppa.  Oh, that the citizens of Joppa would be chosen and called and loyal and faithful followers.  Amen.

Revelation 1:5, 5:12, 17:14


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