LiFT 14th April
Good afternoon all,
How are you?
Today begins the Triduum, three of the busiest and most emotional days of the church calendar. Everything I can organise and prepare is organised and prepared, now I just need to find a little bit of peace and quiet to prepare spiritually and get my head in the right space. I have only had one “in person” Easter as an ordained person and that was in 2019, so emotions are already running high! I know that many people are going to lots and lots of effort to prepare and lead worship, to decorate our church buildings, and to offer a warm welcome to all who share Easter with us this year – thank you for everything you are doing and have done, to ensure that our Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning services are the very best they can be. It is an immense privilege to be part of your faith lives. Thank you.
After our Easter morning services I will be taking a few days of rest, as the bishop encourages of all her clergy. I will have an out of office on my emails until Sunday 24th April although I will be back at it before then so that I have a sermon for Sunday! If you have an urgent pastoral need please do phone and leave a message. I will be keeping an eye on my answerphone for just such things. Please trust that I will always respond if there is an urgent priestly need and just won’t get back to you in a hurry about something that is happening in May 🙂
While I’m lying in a darkened room recharging, there will be no Just Five Minutes, and no LIFT. There will also be no Compline on Easter Sunday or Sunday 24th April.
Finally I’d just like to flag up three services that are distinct in nature and worth considering.
This evening in Usk we will be having a traditional service for Maundy Thursday including optional foot washing, Eucharist, and stripping of the altar. 7pm
Tomorrow, Good Friday, there is an ecumenical Walk of Witness through Usk, beginning in the Maryport car park, at 10.30am, finishing in church with hot cross buns.
On Easter morning there is a sunrise Eucharist at the top of the Blorenge, beginning at 6am. If you park in the Foxhunters car park I am assured there is almost no distance to walk. Wrap up warm though.
If I don’t see you over the next few days, may I wish you now, a very blessed Easter, with my prayers that you encounter Christ afresh, and that your faith may be reinvigorated with the excitement and courage of those first disciples who greeted Christ risen.
With love as always,