During the Easter season, many United Methodists sing, “Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song.” These words open the last verse of “Easter People Raise Your Voices” (United Methodist Hymnal #304) penned by United Methodist pastor the Rev. William M. James. The hymn reminds us that we celebrate renewal every day.

1. 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.
2. Fear of death can no more stop usfrom our pressing here below.For our Lord empowered us to triumph over every foe. Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.
3. Everyday to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. When in trouble move thefaster to our God who rights the wrong. Alleluia! Alleluia!
See the power of heavenly throngs.

As Easter people, we know that even in the tragedies of life, God is at work bringing renewal. Some of those renewals we get to experience: rebuilt homes, national revival, and new church buildings. Others, like the death of a loved one, we wait to celebrate in the Kingdom of God to come.

As Christians, we experience resurrection every day and are called to share it in our worship and work. Every day can be Easter, all year long. My prayer for each of you this Easter, is to find your voice of praise, to share the love available to each of us, and to be empowered by God to share the resurrecting power of Christ’s love. Easter People, raise your voices: Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

- Pastor Gordon