April 1, 2024

April 1, 2024 – Daily Devotional

Easter people raise your voices
Sounds of heaven in earth should ring
Christ has brought us Heaven’s choices
Heavenly music let it ring
Alleluia, alleluia
Easter People let us sing

Fear of death can no more stop us
From our pressing here below
For our Lord empowered us
To Triumph over every foe
Alleluia, alleluia
On to victory now we go

If you walk through any store today, you will find that the Easter products have been removed from the shelves. Like store that quickly move from one holiday to the next, we also move from one day to the next. Easter, however, is much more than a single day of celebration, or a special Sunday on the calendar. Easter is the defining moment of our faith. It not only gives us a day of celebration, Easter gives us joy, peace, and hope as we see clearly that, “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) That assurance provides us a foundation for our faith and strength for our daily lives.

William James understood that Easter was far more than just a one-day celebration. James was pastor who served the people of Brooklyn for many years. He was a pastor, leader, and hymn writer. To help his congregation worship and clearly communicate what Easter means to us, William James wrote the great hymn “Easter People, Raise Your Voices.” This hymn was published in 1981. The lyrics of this song serve as a reminder that the effects of Easter do not fade with time but daily define us. Easter is not just one day amid a busy year. Easter is the loving work of a God that moves us on to “victory.”

We are not a people who have a holiday called Easter. As St. Augustine said so long ago, “We are Easter people, and alleluia is our song.” I hope today, as you look forward to the week, you will continue to celebrate and find joy in knowing we are still an Easter people, celebrating and sharing God’s great love for the world.

-Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship