‘…When we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus we were baptized into His death. By that baptism into His death, we were buried with Him, in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, so also, we might set out on a new life…’ (Romans 6, verses 3 – 4).
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
But the pain which He endured, Alleluia! Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia! Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia! Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!
During this week, please pray for…
- Our local churches & congregations as we make preparations to celebrate the events of Holy Week – Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, & beyond – that even though ours services will necessarily be different in form and structure, that they will nevertheless be faithful to the Gospel story, in such a way as to be relevant to the lived experience of all who will share in them…
- Our Jewish friends and neighbours as they celebrate Passover; being reminded of how it was that God set the Israelites free from Egyptian oppression. May we as Christians be reminded that it was at Passover that Jesus inaugurated the Lord’s Supper: ‘Christ, our Passover Lamb has been slain for us.
- The peace of Jerusalem; mindful of the upcoming elections throughout Israel. For peaceful co-existence between Jew & Arab, Israeli & Palestinian. For the Christian community in both Israel, & the Palestinian Territories…
- Forgiveness for our many sins. A very real sense of God’s love-filled active presence in our lives. Peace in our hearts. Love for our neighbours, & for ourselves…
‘…For if we have become identified with Christ in His death, we shall also be identified with Him in His resurrection…’ (Romans 6, verse 5).