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Easter Day

We were up early to welcome the sunrise on Easter Day and then listened to the Easter Day Service we had recorded at St Andrew's back in March. I thought it sounded pretty good, and came across quite well. By the time that was over, it was time to go off to morning service. Well actually, in the event I got a lift to the station with my neighbour and caught the train before the one I intended to catch so was there remarkably early! The weather was damp and grey while I waited outside church, but I found a sheltered spot under a tree, and watched a squirrel scampering around the gravestones, which was lovely. The service was good, with a really packed church and communion to follow. Steve, who was preaching, had brought a lampshade to church covered with a cloth face, which he switched on to illustrate God helping us understand with our minds things we already believe in our hearts. Ian said that the face bore a remarkable resemblance to C3PO when it was lit up, but I was sitting behind it so I couldn't comment!!

Ian and I stayed for communion, but the rest of the family went home and Mum started cooking lunch. By the time we came out of church, the cloud had cleared and it was a beautiful spring day. So we had lunch and ate chocolate and then after Mum went home, we went round to Angela's place where we drank wine and diet coke until it was time to go to church again!

The church felt empty in the evening after the crowd that had been there in the morning, but the evening service was lovely all the same.
I talked with lady who is currently the Crosslinks Rep, a role which Ian and I are going to take on shortly, and arranged a time to meet and talk about what the role entails. That will be good, and very interesting.

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takahe
Apr. 17th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
-had brought a lampshade to church covered with a cloth face, which he switched on to illustrate God helping us understand with our minds things we already believe in our hearts. Ian said that the face bore a remarkable resemblance to C3PO when it was lit up
OMG that had me giggling!!!

An Easter squirrel sounds very nice.

It sounds odd to me, how do some people stay for communion and some leave? Is there a break? Do many people not have communion?

Sounds like a good day all round.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Normally we have communion as part of the service, but on major feast days we have a family service, which is shorter and lighter in nature than the normal morning service but also a offer a short communion service afterwards for those who want it, (Anglicans are supposed to take the sacraments at least three times a year including Easter according to the rules). I would prefer communion to be part of the main service, but this system does have several advantages, firstly it keeps the service a manageable length for young families, secondly it is more comfortable for visitors who are not baptised/confirmed and therefore wouldn't take communion any way. About 150 people stayed on for the communion service yesterday, and it took about half an hour, there were more than 500 people at the main morning service, so as you can imagine, giving bread and wine to all those people would have made the service very long.
vivh
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Sorry, didn't realise I wasn't logged in until after I posted that last comment.
takahe
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, and I can't reply to that one! But I knew it was you *g*

We are very fast at giving out communion, it takes but a jiffy to do a whole hall of people! But thanks for all your comments about that. Communion three times a year isn't much, is it. I went twice just on Sunday by accident!
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