As we are meant to be charitable to our neighbours this week, I had better include a photo of a church in Lancashire. Obviously, as I am Yorkshireman, this goes a little against the grain. I had wanted to have 'O'er heathen lands afar thick darkness broodeth yet' as my chosen hymn - but thought better of it!
This is a photo of Lancaster Methodist Church - so we must have a Wesley hymn - but which one? I have chosen a favourite in the Chapel of the Resurrection - the Easter hymn - Love's redeeming work is done. Charles Wesley lived between 1707 and 1798.
Love's redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal,
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
Death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened Paradise.
Lives again our glorious King;
Where, O Death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
Where thy victory, O grave?
Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Our the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
Thee we greet triumphant now;
Hail, the Resurrection thou!
It wont be long before we are singing this hymn. Easter Sunday is exactly two months away!