There was a nip in the air even at that hour, but the sun shone brightly and the grounds are full of spring colour. It was a lovely time together as we remembered baptismal vows and reflected on the resurrection. "He is going before you into Galilee ... " Whatever lies ahead, our Lord goes before us - right into our homes, families and work places.
Of course there's a lot of work in getting things sorted for this kind of morning ... not to mention the service that followed. But it is worth all the effort - and team effort!
A hollow egg was the illustration I used in the sermon ... actually ... I only dealt with the first paragraph of the sermon! We had so many young people in church that I didn't want to bore the socks off them on such a joyous day ... so basically I abandoned the entire script and just chatted with them about the empty tomb and Jesus being alive! That's what today's celebration is all about ... the theology and long discourse can wait for another time!
Waiting for me in the vestry was this hollow egg ... though it wouldn't have worked for the visual as it was filled with all sorts of lovely things .... most of them have been eaten as well! Is it any wonder that I'm only just beginning to think of having my dinner. It will, of course, be the "traditional" Easter Day portion of sweet and sour chicken with fried rice! All the way through what seemed to be a very long Lent that meal (and all other fast food) has been off the menu. So I'm looking forward to tonight's delight.
Meanwhile the mutt slept all afternoon ... so did I!
He'd had a lot of running around this morning and was ready for a good rest. I guess we'd have slept on and on if the little boy from next door hadn't wanted to come into the garden to retrieve a football. It was awfully nice of him to ring the bell ... but I was in such a sound sleep that it took a few minutes to register what the sound was! He knows that I don't mind him coming in ... but he always asks very politely. We had to do that too as children so I appreciate the discipline that he's been taught ... even if today I'd rather he'd just gone and got the ball without asking!
who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
hast delivered us from the power of our enemy;
Grant us so to die daily from sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection;
through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
Collect of Easter Day