It was worth setting the alarm for 6am to join a small ecumenical group of Christians who met in St John the Baptist church in Sampford Peverell. We lit the paschal candle, heard the Easter story and sang ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’, with its repeated alleluias, before climbing the hill to the cross which we had placed there on Good Friday. Looking down over our community we listened to another account of the resurrection and sang ‘Thine be the glory’ and ‘See what a morning’. The morning was not exactly ‘gloriously bright’, but at least the rain held off until we were safely back in the Methodist chapel for coffee and yet more hot cross buns.
Later in the morning we shared communion in our Methodist chapel in Halberton, and afterwards celebrated our minister’s special birthday tomorrow with coffee and exquisite cup cakes provided by his family. It was so lovely to see the children of the church walking home proudly carrying helium-filled balloons emblazoned with the words ‘Birthday boy’ and ’60 today’!
I have enjoyed seeing via social media how some of you have celebrated this day of resurrection.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!