Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It was cold and rainy when I pulled up opposite the church and parked in front of the state's Keystone Building. Crossing the four-lane street was, shall we say, exciting. I found my way inside and met up with friend Guy from St. Michael Church, where Susanne and I used to belong. He led me to a pew where his partner Lindsay was already seated, with Guy's sister Kim and her daughter Annie.
Shortly, the service started, clergy-heavy as usual. The choir sang, the ashes (made from last Palm Sunday's burned palms) were marked on our foreheads, the sermon was preached, and then the Eucharist was celebrated.
Afterwards, it was fun to see some of the old Lutherans I have known over the years -- some from Messiah, former members of my choir at Christ Lutheran Church in the city, and others from St. Michael.
It was raining again when I left, but the drive home was uneventful.