Sunday seemed very strange: worship today was at 5pm, so I had most of the day to fill. After a slow start, I walked to church to play the organ for a couple of hours. The snow is slowly melting here and the roads and pavements (sidewalks) are most clear of snow and ice, but everywhere there are piles of snow. The pile at the edge of the church car park is probably 10′!
My walk passes what I assumed was sheltered housing or an old people’s home, and I have been wondering why there was windsock outside (maybe it is so that old people don’t get blown away in the winter!). However, this afternoon I found out it’s true nature as an air ambulance swooped in, unloaded a casualty and the flew out again. It turns out that the old people’s home is in fact a hospital. There are pictures at the end of this post.
When it finally came to time for worship, it was a baptism service. The young man being baptised was 15 (I think). After worship came the Årsmøtet (annual church meeting) which lasted almost 4 hours! I am coming to appreciate that Norwegians are very patient people. There was a short break from the business for some music, drama, coffee and cake. The drama performed by the young people was particularly outstanding. In mime they portrayed a young woman tempted in various ways and becoming more trapped in sin and further from the Lord, until she finally comes to Christ. This does not adequately describe it and if I can get pictures or a video I’ll post them. In the midst of the church meeting it made me realize again that everything the church does must be focused on the Lord, and His Great Commission.