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Passover/ Easter

April 8, 2007

last night we celebrated passover.  We started this several years ago as an attempt to add more meaning to Easter in our lives.  At the time I thought it would be interesting and mostly for the kids.  It turned out that I learned a lot from it.  It is particularly meaningful to see the connections to the last supper and communion.  The seder that we use is from a book called Family Celebration of Easter.  We have celebrated with different people every year but it is always good.  Near the end of the seder we go through Psalm 136

LEADER:[1] Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. ALL: His love endures forever.

    • [2] Give thanks to the God of gods. ALL: His love endures forever.
    • [3] Give thanks to the Lord of lords: ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [4] To him who alone does great wonders,ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [5] Who by his understanding made the heavens,ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [6] Who spread out the earth upon the waters,ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [7] Who made the great lights–ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [8] Who made the sun to govern the day,ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [9] Who made the moon and stars to govern the night;ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [10] To him who struck down the firstborn of EgyptALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [11] And brought Israel out from among themALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [12] With a mighty hand and outstretched arm;ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [13] To him who divided the Red Sea asunder ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [14] And brought Israel through the midst of it, ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [15] But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [16] To him who led his people through the desert, ALL:  His love endures forever.
    • [26] Give thanks to the God of heaven ALL: His Love endures forever.

I know that no one reads lyrics, but we heard this song this morning and it really hit me as an Easter song.

“Beautiful Day” by u2

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2007 4:18 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful tradition to keep with your kids.

  2. April 8, 2007 7:11 pm

    I’m not a worship leader – nor do I play one on TV – but one Sunday night as part of our worship, I led Psalm 136 as an antiphonal hymn. (I was inspired to try it after remembering years before that a friend told me Neale Pryor had done this in his Old Testament class at Harding U.)

    So I just improvised a melody for the parts you have shown as “Leader,” and the congregation responded with the same chorus, repeating their tune, “His love endures forever.” After a few verses, some began improvising parts, descants and embellishments. By the end of the hymn, the chorus was getting to be quite beautiful.

    Fortunately, it closes with the chorus – so it wasn’t my nasal twang!

    – I think U2 may yet turn into a gospel band.

  3. April 8, 2007 8:59 pm

    I read the lyrics….just for you!

    Very fitting.

  4. April 9, 2007 12:10 pm

    I, too, read the lyrics.

    Sounds like a good weekend, Tommy. Very good, indeed. Wish I could have been there with you.

  5. April 9, 2007 2:16 pm

    What a great tradition to start with your family.

  6. April 10, 2007 3:40 pm

    We used the U2 song to lead out of our Easter worship with some video footage from our three week series. It was a powerful ending to a great day.

    I hope to put up the series of clips we did for our Easter series This Hour in the next few weeks. One of our guys put it together so I have to wait for him.

  7. April 11, 2007 1:44 pm

    U2 is the greatest band in the world hands down.
    Beautiful Day is such a powerful message for such a wonder, powerful day!
    Praise God that Jesus is our Risen Lord!

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