(There is a locked mailbox under the Portico if you wish to stop by
this week to deliver your offering. If you wish to text a gift to Mayflower
please text 616-344-6255 then the word "give" and follow the prompts.)
Easter (from Five Mystical Songs)
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Poetry by George Herbert (from The Temple, 1633)
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen.
Sing his praise without delays.
Who takes thee by the hand,
that thou likewise with him may'st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.
Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part with all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name, who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is the best to celebrate this most high day.
Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song pleasant and long;
Or since all musick is but three parts vied and multiplied.
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.
DEDICATION OF GIFTS
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.