Fr Tim’s View from the Vicarage- Easter 2 – 19th April 2020

Alleluia!, Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Alleluia!, Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Dear Friends,

please excuse me speaking to you again so soon, but I feel moved let you know of two items I heard on our wonderful BBC this Sunday morning.

The first was in the 8.10 am Service on Radio 4 which no doubt some of you listened to. The last hymn was one I hadn’t heard for years, and it touched me deeply: It is well with my soul.

Here is a link to a recording of it (or you could probably go onto BBC Sounds on the Web. and hear the actual broadcast) As you know I am not too technical, but when you click on this You Tube clip, after a few seconds you to opt to skip the advert (a button on the right).

 

It is a live recording, including a crying baby at one point (why not?), but it is perhaps a word for our times:

1 When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Refrain
It is well with my soul;
it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and has shed his own blood for my soul. Refrain

3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain

4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain

The second was the 10.15 am Service on BBC 1 from St David’s Cathedral.

It was a lovely ½ hr Service with so much in it. I found I could not sing along with the lovely hymns as I was again too moved and rather tearful – I am OK by the way, but these are strange times. Towards the end, the priest leading the Service said that the final dying words of Dewi Sant (St David) to his followers were:

Be joyful;
Keep the Faith;
Do the little things.

Amen to that.

 

And so, I end again with the Easter Blessing for each one of you:

 

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

 

Alleluia!, Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Father Tim     01376 349267              fr.tim@speters-bocking.net