Following on from last week’s blog – let’s take a look at the rest of the events in Holy Week and Easter Weekend…
On Thursday we became the cast to re-enact a Passover Meal of the type which might have been celebrated by Jesus and the Disciples at the Last Supper. The scene was set by TJ, Andrew was Master of Ceremonies/Jesus and Lewis, Pastor at Stoke Poges Free Church, our narrator. Some of the members of 7Up joined Jesus at the “top” table (which was actually on the floor!) and course by course, we heard the story and enjoyed bitter herbs and salt water, unleavened bread and lamb, and of course ceremonial wine (plus some for quaffing). This was a truly special and memorable way to usher in the eve of Good Friday.
Good Friday itself dawned murky and grey but the rain held off as we met on a green hill not far away (outside the Co-op in fact, by the new village flagpole) to sing and introduce the events of that day and then quietly process down the hill behind the cross to our service in St Andrew’s. A partially unplugged worship team and thought-provoking sermon by Lewis was followed by delicious hot cross buns, leading us into the reflective 48 hours before Easter Sunday.
A soggy St Giles’ was glad to hear the alleluias of Easter Sunday and enjoy some familiar (and not so familiar) hymns with regulars and visitors alike. The eggs were laid (for the egg hunt) and there were definitely enough to go around, though never enough for some!
We give thanks for another Easter season in Stoke Poges, celebrating that Jesus died on a cross for our sins and is alive and reigns with us… all year round.