If you weren’t aware, I’m a Lutheran. That means a lot of things, but for the sake of this blog post, it means that there are not a ton of Lutheran churches in England. Like, seven. I’m pretty sure I could drive you to seven that are within a thirty minute distance from my house.
I mean, not that you’d want to go on a church-finding adventure, or that it would be our number one hangout choice, but it would be an option on the table.
Anyway, being as Papa (for those of you just tuning in: my grandpa) is also Lutheran, and has been to England before, he decided we would go to St. Anne’s Lutheran church. And we did. Kaboom.
1. Welcome to an Ambiguous Church BuildingI’m not really used to high walls or courtyards. Never really had a need mile-high. Somehow we found the church hidden among the architecture, mostly empty, mostly quiet. The St. Mary at Hill church building seems to play host to several churches, as well as other venues, I think. These people do not have the most explanatory websites I’ve ever seen. It was… unusual.
2. Meet the Cool Lady PastorI didn’t anticipate a lady pastor. Like, there should be way more lady pastors and I actually got to see a family friend’s ordination a few years ago and it was awesome, but I’ve never really had the opportunity to expect lady pastors when I show up at a new church. But she killed it, man—she had a very pastor voice. Even though she wasn’t the one preaching I was still pleased.
3. GUESS WHAT I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOINGThe nice thing about having a liturgy is that you can basically go anywhere and not look stupid because you don’t know how to church in that particular church. There was a baptism. There was communion. There was the sharing of the peace. I KNOW HOW TO DO THAT BUSINESS LIKE A BOSS. But I’ve had eighteen years of practice.
4. Listen to the Food SermonWho does not love food, I ask you? Food is great, and the sermon was all about food! Namely, how communion is us becoming God’s body and all that stuff, which was good, and important. I was more in agreement with the intern pastor than I sometimes am with my own pastor. Also, he said a lot of smart things about food that are totally in alignment with my feelings about Leverage and Firefly. I kind of felt like clapping but you don’t clap at sermons. Sometimes you should be able to, though.
5. I Am Not Convinced of Raccoon CommunionFor anyone who has never had different communion styles, there are a lot of different ways to do communion. There’s pilgrim style or kneeling style and you can use a whole loaf or wafers and kids can have communion or maybe they can’t. I had never actually heard of nictitating before Papa warned me basically five minutes before the service started. Nictitating means that you get your wafer and then you dip it into the wine. It’s lovely and symbolic but I still do not like it. I am a Lutheran, not a raccoon, and what if it is germy in that wine? I don’t like sharing germs with my family—how do you think I feel about sharing germs with strangers? It was okay communion as far as communion goes but I still like my little plastic cups.
Also, wine is so disgusting.
|This is a thing I found outside the church and it was hilarious.|
And there you go. That is my adventures in church—yay church! Going to church was a good feeling, maybe not because I knew anyone but because it was familiar and enjoyable. It was a little more formal than I’m used to but you can’t limit that Jesus Booyah.