Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This morning, before the service, we will be singing another Easter hymn, the last of the four in the Hymnary Augment (see the index on p. 4). Christ is Risen was composed by the late Sander Vanderploeg of New Westminster, BC. For many years he was a school teacher at William of Orange Christian School. He composed many songs for the children to sing at Easter and Christmas programs. If you sense a childlike quality to this song (also # 20 and # 21), it's no surprise.

The hymn begins with proclaiming Christ as the risen One who has defeated death (stanza 1). By His resurrection He makes us share in his righteousness and life (stanza 2). In stanza 3 we are called to live for Him and to worship Him. In stanza 4 we sing about how He ascended to heaven and rules over earth and heaven. The final stanza speaks of His glorious return when we will see Him face to face.

For those whose Latin is a bit rusty, "Soli Deo Gloria" means "Glory to God alone." It is one of the five "solas" put forward to summarise the Reformers' basic beliefs during the Protestant Reformation. The five are:
# 1 Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
# 2 Sola fide ("by faith alone")
# 3 Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
# 4 Solus Christus ("in Christ alone")
# 5 Soli Deo gloria ("Glory to God alone")

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