One of the things I love about the Episcopal Church is that there is such a breadth of worship styles, and this was perfectly illustrated at Easter.
On Maundy Thursday, we had a small service of foot washing. About five families were there including Margaret and myself, and the young people ranged in age from 3 to 13. We sat on the floor, around a central altar draped with different fabrics, and decorated with a cross, an angel, a piece of driftwood, and many candles. Our service consisted of song, a collect, a litany and foot washing. The youngest of us sat in his mother's arms. The teenagers dried the people's feet after Margaret had washed them. And then we all went to share a wonderful meal in the small hall.
On Easter Sunday, Grace Church offered the very best of formal Episcopal worship. The choir sang their hearts out, the church was packed, there were flowers, and alleluias, and a wonderful sermon. And of course our Junior Choir sang beautifully.
A constant flow of people took communion, and then, the highlight for me was the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. As a musician, I feel that there is no greater way to give praise and thanks to God than by singing my heart out, and from the glorious sound we made, I'm pretty sure that others felt the same way.
If you are starting to plan Summer Camp for your children, please consider including our Diocesan Camp, the Barbara C Harris Camp, in your plans. The Camp begins with a wonderful Family Camp weekend from June 27-30 (a great way to experience camp for the first time), and continues throughout July with weeks of overnight camp that combine outdoor fun with the opportunity for fellowship and worship. Scholarships are available.
To learn more, please talk to Fiona, or check out their website: www.bchcenter.org