LiFT 30th March
Good evening lovely people,
How is your week? Mine has unfolded in ways that I wasn’t expecting but it’s all good. I have managed to make some space to begin the planning for our Holy Week services, I hope you’ve seen the leaflet containing the services we have across the whole ministry area? Thank you to all of you willing to prepare our churches for the various services, and also to those of you who are willing to travel for your worship. We are quite a stretched ministry team and Easter presents a particular challenge because the Eucharist is so central to the Sunday worship. Roll on June when Sarah Rosser is priested and Sue Davies Fletcher arrives! Thank you to everyone leading worship over the next ten days or so. (I’ve attached the leaflet just in case).
Of all the services we have coming up I am most looking forward to the Complines. If you have never been to Compline I highly recommend it – it is one of the ancient offices and is a simple end of the day service, designed to lay the day to rest and prepare us for sleep. And it works! Why not come along to one, or all?!
Let me finish tonight by telling you about the very special service I was part of today – the whole of Usk primary school came into church along with about 80 of their family members. The children had prepared a full reading of the whole passion narrative, that we will hear in church on Sunday. The story begins with Palm Sunday and goes all the way through to Easter Sunday. It was honest and strong in the telling, and we blew candles out and explored objects and items on the altar to add new dimensions. The children sang and prayed, and it really was the most powerful of experiences to be part of. Our local children are learning so much through their church experiences, school assemblies, Open the Book, and Family Church. Such hope!
And that I think is that for this week. I expect I will see some of you over the next week. If you do nothing else, do think about coming to our Maundy Thursday service, I will be washing feet and hands of those who would like, celebrating the Eucharist, and stripping the altar ready for Good Friday. All I need now is a sermon!
With love and gratitude for you all,
–Please note I will not usually reply to emails received on Fridays as this is my rest day. If you need me urgently please send me a voicemail on my mobile number. Thank you for your understanding.