All of our hymns will be familiar on Sunday from the strains of Jesus Christ is risen today to our final hymn, The strife is o’er, the battle done. Our music is grand this Sunday, and it all sings of the same theme - the resurrection of Christ. The choir anthem, With a Voice of Singing, by Martin Shaw (1875-1958), is a great classic of church music. Find the text printed below. Shaw was a giant of church music in his day, and Sunday’s anthem is his best known work. It resounds with powerful joy and enthusiasm just like an Easter anthem should!
“With a voice of singing declare ye this,
and let it be heard, Alleluia!
Utter it even unto the ends of the earth.
The Lord hath delivered His people, Alleluia!
O be joyful in God, all ye lands.
O sing praises to the honor of His name,
make His praise to be glorious.”
- M. Shaw
Our church will resound with the songs of victory this week after the long journey to get to this point. We have gone through the wilderness with Christ, and we have traveled with him through his death on the cross. Now, we have the greatest opportunity of all - to rise again with him. How can we not sing with gladness when given so great a hope? Our musicians have been an inspiration to me as they have worked to prepare the music for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Come be a part of our resurrection song, and lend your voice to the greatest celebration of all!