Easter Sunday Worship

Yesterday (10th April) in the early hours of the morning I saw the following post by Thrive Mission Unit:

#singatsunrise
Since the very early days of the church Christians have gathered, on hillsides, beside cave entrances, outside the local church, at sunrise on Easter morning to celebrate Jesus rising from the tomb, and the new life that it made possible for all people. We can’t do that this year so this Easter we are inviting you to celebrate and witness to us being Easter people, by inviting you to join us in SINGING A SONG AT SUNRISE in your garden/on your verandah or balcony/as you take your daily exercise a bit earlier. Neighbours etc will also hear the song and we will know we join others across the nation/globe doing the same.
Facebook LIVE enables you to also share this as you watch the sun as it rises whilst singing a hymn or song, and it will save the video for others to see later. We are suggesting the old Charles Wesley classic Jesus Christ is Risen Today (see words below) but please feel free to sing whatever celebratory Easter song you would enjoy singing to greet Easter 2020.️

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

who did once upon the cross Alleluia!

suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Dream

I thought that was such a brilliant idea, and so I shared their post and began to think of a playlist. I went back to sleep and had a dream: I witnessed 2 people having an argument and I went up to them and as I did a 3rd person came alongside. The four of us stood in a circle and I and declared how much they needed Jesus:

  • Jesus to fill the empty void
  • Jesus to heal the deepest wounds
  • Jesus to give them hope
  • Jesus to give them peace

I invited them to pray with me and we held hands, but before we could pray the person opposite me started singing, as he did the words appeared in my mind and we all joined in. I had such a sense of awe, the singing wasn’t being led by me, I knew that the Holy Spirit was at work and we were simply singing along. It was SO beautiful, not only the words but how it sounded. When I awoke I just wanted to cry for the beauty of the moment lingered. I could remember a few lines so I quickly typed what I could remember and then other lines came to me also:

Fill the caverns and the wounds of my heart

How I need Your mercy, how I need Your grace

Come now Jesus fill my life
Fill the caves and the canyons of my heart

How I need Your hope, how I need Your love

Come now Jesus fill my life
Lord I need Your grace

Lord I need Your healing

Lord I need Your hope

Oh oooh oh ooooh

Come now Jesus fill my life

There is such power in worship and Easter Sunday is a time of great celebration for we rejoice that Jesus rose again and is now seated in the heavenly realms in glory and honour.

Verses to reflect upon

I began to collate some verses to reflect upon:

You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here!

Don’t look for the living among the dead. He is risen!

He is now seated in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms!

Hallelujah! (see Mark 16:6, Luke 24:5 & Ephesians 1:20)

“The Messiah died for our sins,

fulfilling the prophecies of the Scriptures.

He was buried in a tomb

and was raised from the dead after three days,

as foretold in the Scriptures.

Then he appeared to Peter the Rock

and to the twelve apostles.

He also appeared to more than five hundred of his followers at the same time”

1 Corinthians 15:3b-6a (TPT)

Jesus “is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:21 (NLT)

Worship

I’ve created a playlist of the following songs:

  • God So Loved – Scripture Lullabies
  • For God So Loved – thelukasband
  • For God So Loved – Brad & Rebekah
  • At the Cross – Hillsong
  • At the Cross (Love Ran Red) – Passion Worship Band
  • Jesus Christ is Risen Today – Jamie Thietten
  • Fall Afresh – Jeremy Riddle
  • Fill my heart – Twila Paris
  • Fill my heart – feast worship
  • Fill my heart – Kathy Troccoli

Which you can listen to via YouTube.

Bible Study Tools have put together 50 Easter Bible verses.

Let’s praise together at sunrise tomorrow.

Many blessings, Keona

Press in and Receive

2 years have passed since that wonderful day when God intervened in my long-term illness and healed me! It’s been 2 years of deep inner and restoration. 2 years of cherishing every day because there were many days I didn’t think I could go on.

As I celebrated the day quietly at home I heard the words: “press in and receive” ring in my heart.

As I reflected upon those words I wondered what they could mean and then I knew that I needed to “stop and take some time and wonder…..” (Isaiah 29:9a Amplified).

I started to research what it is to press into God and to unpack the word receive but before I could read the article links I had saved my answer came.  A friend posted on Facebook an extract from Psalms 62 and I was reminded of the journey God has taken me on of developing a worshiping heart.

“I’m energized every time I enter your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power and drink in more of your glory. For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself. How I love and praise you, God! Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul.” Psalms 63:2-5 The Passion Translation

I declared:

  • How I love and praise You God!
  • My arms wave to You like banners of praise.

I’ve discovered that pressing into God is simply spending time listening to worship music and or reading the Bible. It has been in my times of entering into His presence with praise that I have received refreshing and renewal. Therefore, the words: “press in and receive” were a reminder to keep praising, to keep seeking His face so that I can receive the promised restoration. I believe that there is so much that God wants to bestow upon us but I also know that we need to be in a place of being able to receive.

My prayer:

Oh Lord thank You that I’m energized every time I enter into Your heavenly sanctuary! I long for and seek more of Your power and desire to drink in more of Your glory. Lord God, Your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself. Thank You for developing my heart of worship, I now passionately love and praise You God! Daily I will worship You passionately with all of my heart, my arms will wave to You like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before You, for the anointing of Your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul!

Psalms 63:2-5 The Passion Translation paraphrased

I encourage you today to spend some time pressing in so that you can receive. Here is a YouTube playlist for you: Soak in God’s presence

Many blessings, Keona