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Sunday 8 April 2012: Happy Easter!

Hallelujah, he is risen!

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you." So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." Matthew 28: 1-10

A tiring, but wonderful morning at church. There were four shortened services this morning at 8, 9, 10 and 11. Choir and handbells weren't involved in the first service which was held in the old chapel, but we were playing/singing at the other three held in the sanctuary. Handbells were playing the introit and postlude, and playing together with piano and brass on the two hymns, the choir was singing the anthem and offertory. We had barely ten minutes down-time between the end of the postlude and beginning of the next introit, just about time to get to the bathroom and get a drink of water! The forecast had called for mainly cloudy, but during the first service the sun broke through, and we enjoyed another lovely day. Once back from church, we had a bite to eat, made several phone calls to family in England, then got out to Rowe Woods to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful wildflowers. I fixed our roast dinner this evening, then Laura returned to university. Just four more weeks, and our "baby" graduates!

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