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Cynthia

Cynthia Report 29 Mar 2016 07:32

Good morning :-)

Easter may be over, but the resurrection of Jesus is not the end of things…….there are several interesting stories where people come face to face with the risen Lord……

One of the most famous stories is where Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus.

With tantalizing but confused rumors of the empty tomb still spreading, Jesus appears in disguise to a pair of his followers. After visiting with and teaching them for some time, Jesus reveals himself in a beautifully-described scene:

‘When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” ‘

This story of the disciples on the Emmaus Road is important for many reasons.

It provides an emphasis on the Old Testament prophecies related to Jesus.

It gives evidence regarding an additional appearance of Jesus.

It is often seen as a model of the journey that Jesus makes with many of us today, as He opens our eyes, points us to the Word, and reveals Himself along life’s walk as the resurrected Saviour and Lord.

Food for thought indeed. Cx :-)

kandj

kandj Report 28 Mar 2016 17:47

Hello all

Amen to your prayers Cynthia.

What heartbreaking scenes on TV from Brussels and Lahore.... words fail me.

Spread love everywhere you go,
Let no-one ever come to you without leaving happier.
(Mother Teresa)

He has risen.
Have faith in Him
And He will always be there for you.

Remembering in prayer, the family and friends of people in Brussels/Lahore. xxx

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 28 Mar 2016 07:47

Good morning everyone and what dreadful news to wake up to - the killing of so many of the Christian community, many of whom were women and children, as they celebrated Easter in Lahore.

Loving God,
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.
Amen.

A prayer to cheer us.....


AN EASTER PROMISE

If we but had the eyes to see
God's face in every cloud,
If we but had the ears to hear
His voice above the crowd,
If we could feel His gentle touch
In ever Springtime breeze
And find a haven in His arms
'Neath sheltering, leafy trees...
If we could just lift up our hearts
Like flowers to the sun
And trust His Easter Promise
And pray, "thy will be done",
We'd find the peace we're seeking,
The kind no man can give,
The peace that comes from knowing
He died so we might live!

- Helen Steiner Rice


Lovely to see the comments from yesterday. Cx :-)

kandj

kandj Report 27 Mar 2016 12:40

The old ones are the best ones Ann. imho.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 27 Mar 2016 12:34

Oh yes always loved Thine be the Glory, another rousing tune.

Just checked and Up from the grave He arose wasn't in the Baptist hymn book but I found it in the Alexander hymn book. I have three hymn books here inherited from my Mum ( the other one is a very delapidated Billy Graham one). I don't have a piano so not sure why I keep them. However, it is surprising how often I refer to them. :-D :-D

kandj

kandj Report 27 Mar 2016 12:29

Back again. Hello Emma and Ann. Nice to have you both join in today, and thanks for your kind words. Very much appreciated.

I can't leave this special Easter hymn out! I'm singing this one now ha ha.

THINE BE THE GLORY............ tra la la la la

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory, thou o'er death has won;
Angels in bright raiment's rolled the stone away.
Kept the folded grave clothes, where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing
For her Lord now liveth, death has lost it's sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without thee, aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors, through they deathless love;
Bring us safe to Jordan to thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

I hope everyone is enjoying a Happy Easter Day, whatever you have planned. xxx

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 27 Mar 2016 12:28

Kandj, I had forgotten the second hymn you put up there. Shall be singing it all day now Lol!! I can hear my dad singing it at church (Baptist). He loved to sing and had a very good voice (as did my Mum).

Happy Easter to all on here.

I agree with Emma, thank you for this thread, I don't look in every day, but quite a few, a haven of peace. :-) :-) :-) :-)

'Emma'

'Emma' Report 27 Mar 2016 12:21

Happy Easter Day to you both x

Thank you for keeping this thread going,
a blessing and a joy to read every day x

kandj

kandj Report 27 Mar 2016 10:55

Hello all

Cynthia, I have been singing Jesus Christ is risen today from waking up, tra la la la
Can I say, "Great minds think alike"?

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

My second favourite hymn for this wonderful Easter Sunday morning is:

CHRIST AROSE. This is a very old Methodist hymn, I remember from years ago.

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Saviour
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord.
Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
He rose a victor from the dark domain
And he lives forever with his saints to reign
He arose! he arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly, they watch his bed, Jesus my Saviour
vainly, they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord.
Up from the grave he arose
With a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
He rose a victor from the dark domain
And he lives forever with his saints to reign
He arose! he arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Death cannot keep it's prey, Jesus my Saviour;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord;
Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
He rose a victor from the dark domain
And he lives forever with his saints to reign
He arose! he arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Happy Easter Day blessings to all who read these words. xxx

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 27 Mar 2016 07:38

HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWbpsmBbZMg

kandj

kandj Report 26 Mar 2016 11:48

Hello all

Cynthia, I have also taken part in many Easter Vigil services in past years. All are very emotional and special after the sadness of Good Friday, and expectation to come.

HOLY SATURDAY and THE EASTER VIGIL.

No Holy Communion is taken this day, but a reflective, quiet prayerful time reminds us that Jesus Christ's body is laying in the tomb.

But when darkness comes we hold the most beautiful and and important liturgy of the whole year. The congregation meet outside church for the blessing of new fire, from which a new candle, decorated with five grains of incense to commemorate Christ's wounds, is lit.

As we are led into church, following solemnley behind this great candle, the darkness is dispersed by lighting everyone's hand-held candles from it. This is symbolic of the light of Christ filling the whole world, carried by Christians.

Four readings from Holy Scripture then tell the story of God's love for us from the creation onward till all is fulfilled in the Resurrection of Christ.
One of the readings is always of the Israelites being saved by the waters of the
Red Sea which typifies our salvation through faith and baptism.
Baptismal water is then blessed for the year; and if there are new Christians to be baptised or received into communion, they are baptised and received.

Then the bells peal out and the organ is played as the first Mass of Easter ends by thanking God for Christ's victory over death and sin during this Holy Easter Vigil.

Silence is the word for this day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and so
I shall keep it. In stillness on this Holy Saturday, the earth awaits the Resurrection.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 26 Mar 2016 07:36

Good morning

Jesus' body lay in the tomb where it was guarded by Roman soldiers throughout the day on Saturday, which was the Sabbath. When the Sabbath ended at 6 p.m., Christ's body was cer-emonially treated for burial with spices purchased by Nicodemus.

While his physical body lay in the tomb, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by offering the perfect, spotless sacrifice. He conquered death, both spiritually and physically, securing our eternal salvation.


Many Christians in the United Kingdom participate in an Easter vigil service on Holy Saturday to mark the end of the Lent period before celebrating Easter. They remember Holy Saturday as the day when Jesus lay in his tomb. Many services are held in the evening of Holy Saturday, where candles are lit to proclaim Jesus Christ’s rising. Some church services are held in total darkness before the candles are lit. Some churches have baptisms, renewal of baptismal vows, and confirmations on Holy Saturday.


I have been to several vigils - they are my favourite service of the year - if they are well done. Cx :-)

kandj

kandj Report 25 Mar 2016 19:49

The Burial of Jesus. Luke 23: 50-56 Good News Translation.

There was a man, named Joseph of Arimethea, a town in Judea.
He was a good an honourable man, who was waiting for the coming of
The Kingdom of God. Although he was a member of the Council , he had
not agreed with their decision and action. He went into the presence of
Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took the body down ,
wrapped it in a linen sheet and placed it in a tomb which had been dug
out of solid rock and which had never been used. It was Friday and the
Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had followed Jesus from Galilee went with Joseph and
saw the tomb, and how Jesus' body had been placed in it. Then they went
back home and prepared the spices and perfumes for the body.
On the Sabbath they rested as the Law commanded.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 25 Mar 2016 17:59

By 6 p.m. Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, took Jesus' body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb.

kandj

kandj Report 25 Mar 2016 15:17

Luke 23:43-48 The Death of Jesus (New International Version)

Around noon the sky turned dark, and stayed that way until the middle of the
afternoon. The sun stopped shining and the curtain in the temple split down
the middle. Jesus shouted "Father, I put myself into your hands!" and he died.

When the Roman Officer saw what had happened, he praised God and said,
"Jesus must really have been a good man".

A crowd had gathered to see such a terrible sight. Then after they had seen it,
they felt brokenhearted and went home. All Jesus' close friends and the woman
who had come with him from Galilee stood at a distance and watched.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 25 Mar 2016 15:00

Then, about the ninth hour (3 p.m.), Jesus breathed his last and died. <3

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 25 Mar 2016 13:37

The Seven Sayings of Jesus whilst on the cross :


"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."

"Today you will be with me in paradise"

"Behold your son: behold your mother"

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

"I thirst"

"It is finished"

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit"

kandj

kandj Report 25 Mar 2016 13:32

Were you there when they crucified me Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Ohhh, sometimes it causes me to tremble
Tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?.........

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?..........

Were you there when the stone was rolled away?
Were you there when the stone was rolled away?
Ohhh, sometimes it causes me to tremble
Tremble, tremble.
Were you there when the stone was rolled away?

kandj

kandj Report 25 Mar 2016 12:20

Jesus' Mother stood beside the cross with her sister and Mary the
wife of Clopas. Mary Magdalene was standing there too. When Jesus saw his Mother and his favourite disciple there with her, he said to his Mother, "This man
is now your son". Then he said to the disciple, "She is now your Mother". From
then on, the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19: 25-27)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ere such love and sorrow meet
Or thrones compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 25 Mar 2016 11:52

Then Jesus carried his own cross to Calvary where, again, he was mocked and insulted as Roman soldiers nailed him to the wooden cross.