GREEN BLADE RISING

Because we share our church with another denomination, we aren’t always on duty on Sunday morning although we do normally go to the URC services – in fact, Hub plays the piano for them, as he does for all our services.

Today, however, our URC Community Minister fixed us with a stern eye and suggested in the nicest possible terms that we should not attend today. Possibly something to do with church plans for our impending departure …

So we pootled off to Fr Edmund, who has a proper church and does services in the most lovely way which always blesses us

It’s always a pleasure to go elsewhere to church – we can relax and enjoy the worship instead of being ‘in charge’ and having responsibilities. We’re still celebrating Easter and today we sang the Easter carol

‘Now the green blade riseth’. A lovely song.

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Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green,

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

(You can hear it sung by the Smoke Fairies here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7uhbiUs6eY )

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29 thoughts on “GREEN BLADE RISING

      1. I did see some green shoots in our garden coming up through the snow earlier this year. It can be seen as very symbolic of the triumph of life over the coldness of death and winter, of course.

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