Early on a Sunday

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Early on a Sunday, women went to weep
At the tomb of Jesus, for their pain was deep.
All their hopes were shattered, they had lost their friend,
Till they heard: his death was not the end!

Christ is risen!
Shout your alleluias and go share the good news!
Love and serve him,
For God has given life and hope anew.

Death has been defeated, with its pain and strife;
God has opened wide for us eternal life.
God has given Christians that new life to share,
Bringing love and justice everywhere.


Every week we celebrate your Easter Day
As we come to worship you, and sing and pray.
We recall the empty tomb and know your grace
And your living presence in this place.


Source: Gifts of Love: new hymns for today's worship #25

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Early on a Sunday, women went to weep
Title: Early on a Sunday
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Christ is risen!
Publication Date: 1999
Copyright: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved