"One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin -
Dwelt among men, my example is He!
One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o'er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He's coming - O glorious day!"
Glorious Day, John Wilbur Chapman, Charles Howard Marsh
Today was baptism Sunday, which is always a special time in service. There is a power to worship on these days. The celebration is firmer, more tangible.
It's electric. People who are a bit more reserved in worship move more freely. Particularly as the baptisms are occurring with song. The combination of clapping for the baptism and celebrating that bleeds over into the worship and song. They sing louder, they clap harder.
Perhaps it's the more direct remembrance to what Jesus has done for them. For their own baptism experience and the joy of seeing others brought into the family. We know it makes the angels celebrate and it makes us celebrate here too.
For those of the faith, I hope your worship this morning was tangible. Was electric.
I hope it was something real that touched you deep down into your soul. I hope you had a glorious day today.
Because if it wasn't, what's holding you back?
"You called my name,
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into your glorious day
I needed rescue
My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter
I was an orphan
Now You call me a citizen of heaven
When I was broken
You were my healing
Now Your love is the air that I'm breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open
'Cause when you call my name
I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into your glorious day."
Glorious Day, Ingram, Smith, Curran, Stanfill