Easter People, Raise Your Voices
As do many pastors who write hymns, William Marceus James (1913-2013) wrote "Easter People, Raise Your Voices" for his congregation at Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in New York City. It is sung to the tune of Regent Square (paired with "Angels from the Realms of Glory").
The text was written in 1979 by this great Methodist minister who served in Harlem for many years.
Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring. Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music, let it ring: "Alleluia! Alleluia!" Easter people, let us sing.
Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below. For our Risen Lord empowers us to triumph over every foe. Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.
Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. When the cares of life o'erwhelm us, Easter people, sing this song: "Alleluia! Alleluia!" Everlasting triumph song.
Words © 1979 The United Methodist Publishing House (Administered by The Copyright Company, Nashville, TN) All rights reserved.