An Easter Hymn: The rock was no longer in place

The rock was no long in place,

dark and still the morning came;

Mary’s weeping tear-stained face

filled with sad-ness and deep pain:

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

The Lord called Mary by name.

“Peace be with you,” Jesus is a-ris-en

said to doubting Thomas one

evening. “Touch-ing’s not for-bid-den,”

said the Sav-iour to him, “come.”

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

My Lord, my God, you have won!

Then he came and stood a-mong them,

they were filled with fear and doubt;

tak-ing a broil-ed fish, he then

ate. “Know now what I’m a-bout.”

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Christ is with us, sing and shout!

Text: Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson, Copyright (c) April 17, 2021

Based on: John 20:1-18-Gospel reading for Easter Day; John 20:19-31-Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter; Luke 24:36b-48-the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Tune in public domain: Helmsley

100th Anniversary Celebration

Yesterday Sunday, September 29, 2013, I was privileged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Stettler, Alberta, where I was ordained and served in my first call as pastor.  Of course brought my camera along and took some photos.

Church Exterior Front

Church Exterior Front

Church Exterior Sideview

Church Exterior Sideview

Church Sanctuary

Church Sanctuary

I appreciated the opportunity to assist the resident pastor with the worship service and share a greeting/address with the congregation. Meeting with parishioners after so many years brought back many warm and grateful memories too. There were both tears and laughter, as folks reminisced; remembering the saints of old who have gone to their eternal reward; as well as the saints of today and their participation in this community of faith. I learned many things from the folks in this congregation, three of which I am in particular most grateful: the ministry of hospitality and generosity, the importance of listening on a deep level, and the love of and appreciation for music. Most of all I’m grateful to God for his constant faithfulness, love and grace, which continue to be poured out in abundance among the pastor and parishioners of this congregation. To God be the glory!