Our little church is between priests which could be hard at this time of year when the worship services are so meaningful, bringing out the trajectory of God’s plans throughout the Old and New Testament for saving His people and seeing the strands of those themes coming together in Jesus.
At the outset of the season, we knew we had the Holy Week services covered — Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday — but we were told that due to the demands of the season, there were no priests that could come to us during Lent. Then an amazing blessing came up. A retired priest from a neighboring diocese was perusing our church’s website and saw that we were without a priest during Lent. Thinking it was particularly sad for a church to be without a priest during Lent, he offered himself. And he’s been great.
Also at this time of year we have so much wonderful and theologically rich music. I love it. Today we had:
O Food to Pilgrims Given
Thou art the Way, to Thee alone from sin and death we flee
From Deepest Woe I Cry to Thee (our soprano soloist brought us all to tears….in a good way.)
When Jesus Wept, the Falling Tear (a very lovely round)
Crown of Thorns, Crown of Glory
O Wheat, Whose Crushing Was for Bread
I am the Bread of Life
I am always happy to be singing in the choir, but especially at this time of year.