From our Music DirectorsChrist is Risen! What a beautiful greeting this is; and sadly, Christians usually only use it on Easter morning to begin the service. Yet what a rich and complex blessing these three little words convey! To speak the word “Christ” implies that the speaker accepts Jesus as the Messiah; to speak the word “is” says that He is not a figure of the distant past, but Lord of the here and now; to speak the word “risen” proclaims not only the mystery of resurrection, but also the entire chronicle of God’s plan to save His creation from a fallen state.
Wow. What a lot to say in three little words. No wonder they are followed by an exclamation point!
It is also no wonder that this statement has been the inspiration for thousands of years of musical compositions. Sharon Church will partake in its share of Alleluias and Resurrection songs this Easter season, with selections representing both traditional and contemporary genres (after all, He is Lord of history and the present). The Bell Ringers will toll His praise on April 10th, and the children, in their irrepressible joy, will proclaim “I Know that my Redeemer Lives” on May 8th.
Some may have noticed that the choir began Holy Week with a new Kawai electric piano to accompany them. This instrument was anonymously purchased for the choir and congregation to the glory of God as a replacement for the well-worn equipment in the choir loft. Originally, the Session had approved that funds be made available to the Worship Committee for the purchase; however, a private donor stepped forward wishing to make a gift to Sharon Church. Mark and Treva would like to thank Session, the Worship Committee, and especially the anonymous donor for the generosity of their hearts.
As exciting as it is to hear a state of the art instrument, a choir’s “Alleluias,” a dozen bell ringers, or the songs of the youngest of this flock, it is far more exciting to consider the implications of a Risen Savior. The inestimable love of God is certainly the star of the Easter season, and it is the very reason we sing. We invite everyone to join in this praise each week during worship: sing to our God with joy. We look forward to hearing your voices announce - not only on Easter Sunday, but all year long - that “He is Risen Indeed!”
Mark and Treva
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