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All-Ages Service

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Author: Marion Bowen

An inclusive ‘All Age Service’ was held today at St. Peter’s Church, this 3rd Sunday in Lent.   Our congregation is made up of all ages from those approaching 100 years and those just born.  Lent and Passover were the focus for the service.  Several exercises followed to highlight the history of the Last Supper and our personal preparation for Confession and the Eucharist.   

GqIE8umXTZ62dN4W6s0L3gMuch singing and clapping, sitting and standing for various versus and praising Jesus with joy was sprinkled throughout the service. Pastors Haydn and Martyn first showed a short video of the Last Supper discussing the timing of it in Jesus’ life, the wine and bread, who was there and what happened with Judas. They then handed out glasses of water to all asking ‘Is Anyone Thirsty?’  The water was for symbolically cleansing ourselves which first required a Confession.  NtzH2fET2CBFWzLDXupwThe whole congregation figuratively ‘showered our sins away’.  We acted out scrubbing our bodies, eyes, ears, teeth, forehead and hearts to wash away the sinful things we chose to be, see, hear, eat, think and believe.  Last, we all imagined God wrapping us in a big fluffy and warm towel surrounding us in love. Then we were all clean as the ‘shower’ represented our Confession so we were well prepared for the Eucharist. Pastor Martyn told of the 10 Plagues of Egypt.  For each of the plagues Martyn said, as Moses, ‘Let My People Go’ and the whole congregation shouted loudly back, ‘No!’ to every calamity.  Then we praised God for the flight of freedom from Egypt. Eucharist was celebrated with Bread and Wine remembering all of the above and Jesus’ last supper.  The Prayers of the People were led by Allen Stretton who asked in a call-and-response fashion, ‘Is Anyone Thirsty’ as individuals brought cups of water to the alter in response.  The cups of water represented prayers for all the local and world news we see, the local and wider community we live in, the world-wide church as well as St. Peter’s, the leaders of the world, the sick and in-need and all our families and friends.  

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