Sometimes it seems the future is now
Sometimes the holy hush of God's presence
comes and then leaves us wondering how
Sometimes it seems we're caught up to heaven
Or is it heaven that comes to us here?
Sometimes it seems that just for a moment
things that are hidden are suddenly clear
Glimpses of glory, glimpses of glory,
heats are now soaring as if they had wings
He who once died is risen, ascended, regally splendid, King of all kings!
Pastor Bryan Jeffery Leech published his hymn Glimpses of Glory in 1994. In this beloved hymn Bryan so artistically depicts the anticipation we can have as believers as we join in worship in this earthly life, and feel the joy of actually being with Christ in eternal life – hence getting a glimpse of what it will be like to actually have the thrill of being there in the eternal worship of Jesus.
Bryan Jeffery Leech (May 14, 1931) departed to Heaven on Monday morning, June 30, 2015, and now no longer has to just glimpse, but can actually join in with all the saints in worship around the throne of God. We are anticipating a great celebration of God’s work through this faithful and talented servant, friend and pastor. Plans have begun and the details will be available via our e-Newsletter and the church website.
Peter, the Apostle, wrote:
(1Pe 1:3-9 NIV) " Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
The “living hope” is a firm conviction in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and a promise that this same hope can be there for us, as well, who believe and trust in Him. Peter acknowledges that there is suffering in our world, and that we will experience grief, but that both will build and validate our faith. There is a mystery in Jesus, Jesus had said this himself (John 14:19), but Jesus also called us blessed who have not seen but still believe (Jn 20:29). This was Bryan’s life song. He had a firm conviction, lived and preached this firm conviction, of a “living hope” for over 55 years. He has now received the “inexpressible and glorious joy” in all its fullness, as the salvation of his soul has been completed.
Lord, When We Praise You, another of Bryan’s hymns, speaks to us of the posture we can have as we worship, and I believe, gives us yet another glimpse into Bryan’s heart and ministry for each of us to ponder:
Lord, when we praise you with glorious music;
Lord, when our hearts mean the things that we say;
Lord, when we love you with all of our being;
Lord, when in faith we believingly pray;
then we are seeing, then we are sensing all that our destiny calls us to be.
And in our hearts we're expecting the moment
when in your presence your glory we'll see
I rejoice that Bryan is safely with the Father, but I will miss him dearly!
Sharing His love with you and for Bryan,