Easter at St Peter’s

It was on the theme of ‘meals’ that our guests, Douglas and Ann Holt, took us through the Easter story.

We began with Palm Sunday, starting the service in the hall and then processing around the church singing ‘Rise on, ride on in majesty’.

Palm Sunday Procession

Palm Sunday Procession

During the service we gave out palm crosses, reminding us of the branches waved to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem – and to his passion and death. So we lifted those palms as we sung ‘Lift high the cross’.

Lift high the Cross

Lift high the Cross

During Holy Week Douglas and Ann shared their thoughts on the various meals that Jesus shared, and we remembered that most special meal of what we now call the eucharist – the last supper He shared with his disciples. On Maundy Thursday we met together as Douglas reminded us of this passover meal which has taken on such great siginificance with the Christian Church.

Douglas on Maundy Thursday

Douglas on Maundy Thursday

As part of that evening, Chris and Roz Burch followed the example of Jesus, and washed (a volunteer’s!) feet.

Washing of feet

Washing of feet

During our meal we followed the traditional Jewish practices of the Passover, and added that of out faith – the eucharist. The bead and wine were consecrated, and then we served our neighbour.

The communion wine being shared

The communion wine being shared

On Good Friday the creative powers of some were exercised and a marvelous Easter Garden was created, centred around the cross and tomb.

The Easter Garden

The Easter Garden

Then we met for a time of meditation as we thought of those last hours of Jesus.

The next time we met was on Saturday evening. It was just getting dark as we gathered around a fire to light the Easter Candle and take its light into the church. There, candles were lit from the Easter Candle and we looked forward to celebrating the coming of God’s light on Easter Day.

The Easter Candle

The Easter Candle

A candle-lit church on Easter Eve

A candle-lit church on Easter Eve

As part of that evening we were pleased to witness the baptism of Marjorie Beighton.

Marjorie's Baptism

Marjorie’s Baptism

And then Easter Day came – a time to celebrate and make a great noise, which we did during the Gloria with instruments, keys, anything!

Gloria!

Gloria!

And so this joyful service brought our Easter journey to its end. Our thanks to Douglas and Ann.

Douglas Holt

Douglas Holt

Oh! And the Easter Bunny turned up too!

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny

This entry is dated Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 5.52pm and is filed under News.

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