the joy of Easter
In a garden God first put us
to live in peace and joy.
In a garden God suffered tears
and sweat of agony.
In a garden
God rose to life
and restored to all creation
life and joy and peace.
O gardens with new life
Rejoice with us. Alleluia!
When Christ rode into Jerusalem,
the stones were ready to cry out
and proclaim him Lord of all creation.
When Christ died on the cross,
the earth shook and the rocks split
sharing the loss and devastation.
After Christ was buried in the tomb
the stone was rolled away,
rejoicing and revealing
the glory of our risen Lord.
Now is Christ risen from the dead
O let all things visible and invisible,
earthly and heavenly,
all people, tribes and nations,
saved by the blood of Christ
join with us to praise and glorify
the Lord of all creation.
He left his heavenly throne
to suffer with us and release his damaged creation
from death, sin and decay,
that we might be in Paradise with him
and live forever in his joy and peace.
Alleluia! Glory to our Risen Savior
Alleluia! Glory to our God