Wow, it’s actually Easter…
We’ve now passed through holy week, and i’m now into the last remaining bit of time here in England. That’s hard to believe. It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in a room full of YAGMs and listening to “passover remembered” completely overwhelmed by about 100 different thoughts and emotions going through my head. (although I still have that amount of emotions on a daily basis, i think…)
I will be the first to say that times have been hard. But, on this beautiful time of remembering the life of Christ and his ressurection ..I am thankful to be alive. Thankful to be here. And most of all, thankful that his life was laid down to save me and everyone else in the world.
Services in the Anglican church are very traditional, for sure…Much like the Lutheran church, I think. But I just want to go through some of the week with you to tell you all what I’ve been up to.
I went to a HUGE ceremony with about 300 clergy members on Maundy thursday to celebrate their years of service and to renew their vows of ministry. Talk about weird. I’ve never seen that many clergy members in one place. Truly fascinating. Thursday evening, Myland Methodist, and St. Michael’s Myland teamed up to do a passover meal together where communion was given and LOTS of food was served. It was so amazing to see two churches combine to share a meal and worship together.
I’d have to say Friday was my favorite day, though. About 300 people came into the church for the annual EASTER EGG HUNT for kids in the parish. I got to teach some camp songs from home to the kids, we did our puppet show, and everyone gathered back for hot cross buns and tea. (how british)
Saturday was the lighting of the Pascal candle which was a service I’d never experienced before. ,and then TODAY it was finally Easter. Everything has been awesome this week and I’ve definitely kept myself busy.
I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about things that have happened since I got here, and how I felt before I came. Because this all is a time for remembering. This time in my life will always be one that I will remember. I appreciate how i’ve changed, what I’ve done, and even the hard times…which are hard to appreciate in the moment.
I am so unbelievably moved during this week every year. I am incredibly lucky to be in this place, and worship with this community.