The snow is still there, though slowly disappearing as temperatures rise a little during the day time; I have known other cold and snowy Easters, but this one well…
A digital thermometer gave a reading of 3.6degrees C in the church last Monday, a massive leak has appeared in a pipe some 4 feet below ground; the exact location of the leak was finally discovered by introducing hydrogen gas at pressure into the central heating system. Needless to say intense cold like this is not healthy.
Fortunately, Church has a separate parish hall, so Church moved. All that was needful was carried across a busy main road, in several journeys. Good Friday, Easter Day, Junior Church all happened in our large hall in warmth and comfort, most weekday evenings see the hall being used by dance classes, but we made an altar, lit the Easter Fire, and Paschal Candle, sang the Easter Hymns and found, that The Lord had gone before us … This years services were better attended than those of the past 4 years, and there was such depth of worship and joy, delight in being together, new faces, new friends…
Easter was different this year, but, The Lord was with us, reminding us that the first Easter Day was very different from all the traditional Easters which have grown up since in the many denominations and places in the world. It left us feeling that simple fellowship, coming together in love is all that The Lord asks, He still delights to appear in the midst, still holds out his hands in welcome, it is for us to respond.
What was your Easter like?
Tomorrow, early, I have an appointment with the engineers coming to take up flooring and to begin to install new pipe: but my first meeting of the day will be with the Risen Lord to pray for those new lambs He introduced to us over this chilly Easter. After the Resurrection, The Lord Jesus said to Peter ‘Take care of my sheep’ (John 21 v16), whatever difficulties, hardships. Or trials that is the first duty of his church, the Good Shepherd knows that lambs are born in the cold as well as in the sunshine, he knows too the sorrows and griefs that some of our visitors bought with them this Eastertide. Some are called to mend pipes, others to pray for the mending of hearts.
Warmest Easter Blessings to you!