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24th March 2016

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

I was baptised on February 6th 1983. It marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another – the old life had gone, a new life had begun. In those days, anybody being baptised in the church where I grew up could choose a worship song for their baptismal service. My choice was an old hymn – perhaps not very contemporary, but its words are so powerful:

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

1. 'Man of Sorrows!' what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

2. Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

3. Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

4. Lifted up was He to die;
'It is finished!' was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

5. When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Philip P. Bliss, pub. 1875

What a wonderful hymn! It may have been written over a century ago and its language may seem a little archaic to our modern ears, but the truths it expresses are timeless.

This Easter weekend our theme at King’s is Easter Changes Everything. We begin with a Good Friday service, 10.30 am at all sites. This will be a shorter meeting of around an hour during which we will break bread and reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross. Please note there will be no children’s work on Good Friday. Then on Sunday, we will celebrate the risen Lord Jesus Christ at our Easter Day services, taking place at the normal times at all three sites. And don't forget to set your alarms on Saturday night because the clocks go forward this Sunday!

The events of Easter changed everything for me, as they did for many of you reading this blog. This is a great time to invite our friends, family and neighbours to come to church, so let me encourage you again to get those invites out! We are praying that this weekend will be one where many more come to faith and realise that for them too, Easter changes everything.

I will be taking a short holiday and some study leave over the next two weeks, so I will not be writing a blog post during that time. However, next week Malcolm Kyte, recently returned from leading our King’s team trip to Zimbabwe, will be bringing a report on their time there.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
09:02


Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.

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