We’ve just finished four very long days of special events as part of our Påskefestuka (Holy Week festival). Only five more days to go!
It’s been fantastic to see many different people meeting God afresh.
We kicked off Palm Sunday with an ‘Ønske’ Salmekveld (a hymn singing evening where the ‘audience’ / congregation get to choose all the hymns ‘on the fly’). This went down very well, although it was a double test for me – first of my Norwegian in understanding the requests, and then my sight reading ability, as most of the requests were things I had never played before.
Monday we held our Barnas Påskefest (Childrens’ Easter Festival). About 120 came and we had a special service including 5 prayer activity ‘stations’ to help teach the events from Maunday Thursday to Easter Day, plus time together to sing, led by our Barnekor (children’s choir). The music ranged from ‘gospel’ songs (including a new ‘resurrection’ song I wrote in Norwegian), through Panis Angelicus (sung by the older girls in the choir), to traditional hymns like Deg Være Ære (Thine Be The Glory). The level of engagement was amazing: after an hour the children were still quiet and taking part!
Være I Stillheten
Yesterday was Være I Stillheten (Be in peace). This was the fourth of these concert / worship events combining mainly classical music, pictures and video, with elements of evening prayer. We decided to take a slightly different approach this time, recounting the events of Holy Week from Christ’s triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through to the Resurrection on Easter Day using scenes from Zeffirelli’s film Jesus of Nazareth with the music list below. Neither the musicians nor the audience had experienced anything quite like it before, and afterwards many told us that it was a ‘sterk’ (strong) experience and how they were deeply moved as the music ‘narrated’ events in the ‘silent’ film. Susanna played brilliantly and we were blessed to also had a guest tenor soloist. Because the film is copyright it isn’t possible to put anything on YouTube this time – you’ll just have to come next time!
Være I Stillheten
Today was the Påskelabyrint (Easter Labyrinth). We’ll post a report tomorrow.