A hymn for the Easter season: Sing to the Lord a song of gladness

Tune: Rendez à Dieu

1. Sing to the Lord a song of gladness –
Christ is arisen from the dead!
All sin and death with all its sadness
Is conquered by our Lord and Head!
His risen body shows salvation
For every sinner on this earth;
His life displays the new creation
Poured on us in our second birth.

2. Those bones dried up, flesh will enshroud them;
The dust in graves shall sing with joy;
Our eyes shall see – no shadow cloud them –
The Lord who did our death destroy.
For our Redeemer, three days hidden,
Now lives again and no more dies –
Soon faithful bodies will be bidden
To wake from sleep, from death to rise.

3. Gone is the power of the devil;
Crushed in the dust that is his food;
Here is the Conqueror of evil,
Giving His body and His blood;
To us now in the Holiest kneeling
In flesh He gave, in blood He spilt,
Apart from works God is revealing
Atonement free for all our guilt.

4. Come, children of our Heavenly Father,
Come, members of Christ’s body pure,
Join Him who is your God and Brother,
Sing out His praise that will endure!
Leave all your sinful doubts behind you –
The bonds that still you feel within
In Christ those fetters cannot bind you,
Since He forgives you all your sin.

5. The flood is past, the Dove is bringing
Peace in the Vine in whom we grow;
Our David brings the ark in, singing
Peace only faith could ever know;
Greater than Solomon the glory
Of Him, our Temple, raised for us;
Greater than Jonah is the story
Of Christ, raised for our righteousness.

6. Come, bring the fruits that God is growing,
Offer your lives to Him who lives!
Soon what He planted will be showing
The harvest that the Spirit gives.
Let not your faith nor courage falter,
For Christ has joined you to His Cross –
Bind now your offering to that Altar,
Which gives abundance after loss.

7. Then will the eye that saw here sorrow
See the fulfillment of God’s Word,
When, after weeping’s night, the morrow
Brings joy no earthly ear has heard;
All saints, with angel host assembling,
A new, eternal song will sing,
That sets new earth and heaven trembling
For praise to Christ our risen King!

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.

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