Our service was scheduled for 12 noon. At 11:00, there were three repairmen in the building. The copier guy was trying to fix the jam (unsuccessfully, we had to have the remainder of the Easter service bulletin copied out of house); the sound system was being worked on, and someone was here to fix the internet connection for the homeless shelter.
That isn’t a recipe for a successful Good Friday liturgy. But, wow! Thanks to lots of help from Deacon Carol Smith, Greg Upward, Pat and Matthew Pollock, Steph Childs, the people who read the Passion according to John, and Max Harris’s powerful sermon; the service went off without a hitch and with great power and meaning. Thanks especially to Rachel Eve Holmes for her solos (you can hear the aria from Bach Cantata #21 at her website: http://www.racheleveholmessoprano.com/live/ (It’s worth a listen).