Gudstjenester means God’s services (ie worship) and yesterday (Sunday) I played my first main service at Finnsnes church. As well as the regular communion service, there were 3 baptisms (dåp), so there were a lot of extra people in church, although the photos don’t show them. Some fine tuning is required, but it mostly went fine. I was also introduced and prayed for in the service by Ruth-Astrid Stellmacher, the sokneprest (senior pastor) who came back from maternity leave for the service. As I learn the ‘flow’ of worship here, and as my Norwegian improves I’m sure the kinks will be ironed out.
Below are pictures from the service, and also of some of my new friends, taken as we shared coffee and cake after the service.
Coffee & Cakes
Coffee and cake are an important element of social and church life here. In the church, almost no meeting passes without it being served, and I have had several invitations to peoples homes for an enjoyable evening, consuming coffee and a variety of cakes, accompanied by conversation. My only ‘problem’ at the moment is not really having settled to the Norwegian pattern of eating:
- 7am Breakfast
- 11:30 Lunch
- 4pm Main hot meal
- 6pm onwards Coffee and cake or another snack
Attempting to eat a main evening meal ‘US time’ has meant that a last minute invitation to coffee and cake over-rode meat and vegetables – of well – it’s a hard life!
Tomorrow is May 1st, a kind of Labour Day, and a public holiday. I’m playing for a special service in the morning, then there is a parade in town and I have an invitation to join a family for evening meal and . . . . Coffee and Cake. The day will be rounded off with a gospel choir concert in the ferry terminal. The only downside might be that it’s now snowing again.