“Or What’s a Heaven For?”
Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 24, 2016
Over the next two weeks we shall be meditating on the closing dream or vision in the bible, in Revelation 21. We’ll explore a number of ways the vision has been used, asking what Christ would have us learn and would ask of us out of it. This Sunday is also Earth Sunday. We will pray for the earth over which we have stewardship, asking God to guide us in a faithful stewardship of the earth.
This Sunday we will also be singing the Isaac Watts Hymn “Marching To Zion” (written around 1707) with the reference to the Poetic language of Revelation 21 “Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry; we’re marching thru Emmanuel’s ground, we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high.” The Chorus “We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.” was added by the hymn writer Robert Lowery in 1887. Watt’s has been called the father of English hymnody as he authored over 750 hymns many of which we still sing today in contemporary churches. Watts was also a theologian, logician and wrote books and essays on these topics.
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