Sunday 9th April, 2007, Holy Trinity, Huddersfield.
As usual when talking about a service these are my impressions after the event. I have taken no notes or anything to fall back on.
This was a family service, so there was a talk to the children and a drama rather than a reading. There was also the baptism of Arabella, a baby girl. Then there was our daughter, her husband and their baby girl. Having your granddaughter at a service is a sure distraction
So what do I remember from the service?
I remember baby Arabella crying as water was poured over her head.
I remember the weather was sunny and warmer than normal for the time of year.
I remember our granddaughter , Brooke, being distracted during the service by my soft toy donkey.
Other than that there is only one phrase from the service that I remember. The last line from the drama sketch, which was onlookers explaining to a news reporter about Jesus entering into Jerusalem: “What will Jesus do next?”
That could be the slogan for our church. What will Jesus do next?
In the last few years we have had a new vicar, and the congregation has grown.
We have appointed a children’s minister. The congregation has grown.
We have appointed a worship leader. The congregation has grown.
We have moved from one service on a Sunday morning, with a mixed worship style to two services, one traditional, one contemporary. The congregation has grown.
We have appointed an intern youth leader. The congregation has grown.
We have a new curate. The congregation has grown.
God is answering the prayers of faithful members of the congregation made over years.
I wonder what will Jesus do next?