Awake, O Sleeper!

Looking forward to getting up early tomorrow morning for Sunrise Service. The sermon for that service will be entitled, “Wake Up Call,” and will, in addition to Mark’s resurrection narrative, include Ephesians 5:14. As a kind of addendum, I thought I’d share this video by The Brothers Bright. The lyrics are below.
 
 

 
“Oh Abraham would raise his hands;
and mourn this very day;
for his children left the promised land;
in search of their own way.
They kick and scream like wayward sons;
And always wanting to sleep;
and dream away these evil days;
in hopes that God can’t see.
 
There are chains upon your children Lord;
Chains upon your children.
There are chains upon your children;
We’re in chains.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
Your suffering will come again;
and never fall away.
For we trade our many comforts;
Like the one who bled for grace.
There will come a day my God will come;
and put me in my place.
My God I pray;
You’ll call my name;
instead of turn away.
 
There are chains upon your children Lord;
Chains upon your children.
There are chains upon your children;
We’re in chains.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus.
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of the Lord.
I said, Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus.
Let no man bring me harm;
‘Cause I bear the marks of God.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
I said, Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Come on and stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
(Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus;
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of the Lord.)” 
 
 
 

 



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Greetings in the Name of Jesus!

 

Sunday, March 28th was our 53rd consecutive week on Zoom. It was just about a year ago that the COVID-19 crisis began. It has been a difficult and challenging season for us all, to be sure, but God has been gracious to us. He has blessed our online fellowship and has gotten us through. Our theme for last weekend was “Sustained.” God has sustained, fed, nurtured and carried us through these past 53 weeks, and for that we’re extremely grateful. 

 
We will continue to actively and prayerfully monitor the situation and will resume meeting in person when it becomes clear that doing so is practical and will not endanger our congregation and community. 
 
Even while many of us are being vaccinated, it’s important that we continue maintain social distance, wear a mask in public, wash our hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Faith in God and our concern for own personal freedom don’t negate the role of science and common sense in dealing with this dreadful pandemic. This is a time to be, in the words of scripture, “not weary in well doing.”
 
We will continue to remain faithful in prayer and continue to stand on the Word of God, as we express our gratitude to the Lord for his having sustained us through this past  year. We will continue to trust him to not only bring us through this difficult season, but to beat back this virus and to bring healing to the nations. In the meantime, we will continue to stand on these words from Jude 24-25:
 
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. 
                                                                                        
May God bless you, strengthen you and encourage you. 
 
                                                            –Pastor Charles