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Celebrating Pentecost at St. James’ English Service, Taichung ~ and Kelvin’s Confirmation!

Special congratulations to Kelvin and his family on his confirmation at St. James’ Church, Taichung yesterday, Pentecost Sunday ~ YES!  And as it was Pentecost it was most appropriate that the congregation was all from everywhere ~ including Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, Japan, India, Germany, Malta, UK, USA and maybe more besides – it was a great day indeed!

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Yes, a wonderful day ~ lots of people at the service, including Bishop Lai, Rev. Lily Chang and Rev. Joel del Rosario, and all followed by a big lunch, kindly hosted by Kelvin’s family. And such a lovely family they are ~ Harrison, Nancy, Kelvin and Allen ~ from Bangalore, where I visited a few years ago and had a great time with Kelvin’s grandmother and uncle ~ so amazing!  But that’s a whole other story ~ and the uncle gets marries next week, so the family is returning home for the great occasion – 4,000 people expected.  Kelvin’s confirmation party in Bangalore is expected to be a relatively small event in comparison – for maybe only (!) 100 people ~ wow, they certainly know how to celebrate!  Kelvin graduates this coming week from High School in Taichung, and returns to India for university studies – so this was his great send-off too.  We’ll miss him, but so glad the rest of the family will still be here ~ we love ’em all to bits!

Praying for God’s blessing on the family and especially for Kelvin as he sets off for university in a few weeks time….

And I hope you noticed Kelvin followed the Indian tradition of taking off his shoes when approaching the altar, including for confirmation, and did you also notice Kelvin’s socks – and the red stripe for Pentecost?  YES!!

救主復活日 Happy Easter ~哈利路亞! 主已復活!

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!  哈利路亞! 主已復活!

Easter celebrations at Advent Church started last night, Easter Eve, with the Easter Vigil – the lighting of the Easter fire and the first half of the service by candlelight, then 4 baptisms and Holy Communion….

All wonderfully led by retired priest, Rev. Michael Liou, who sang the whole service ~ amazing! Despite having no voice only a few days earlier, on the night he was in fine form!

Oh yes and the dog ~ well it was kind of snuggled up in someone’s bag on the back row, but its head kept on appearing and well, every time I went past, there he was, saying please take my photo!

And then to today, and the lovely Easter morning service ~ and a visit from a group from Choi-Kou School in Macau, and of course, some gorgeous flowers, also lunch and cake….

Happy Easter to you all, Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Advent Church 敬祖主日Ancestor Memorial Liturgy

Every year on the Sunday before Chinese New Year, the Taiwan Episcopal Church has special prayers and liturgy to remember our ancestors…

We give thanks to God for our ancestors, and remember the legacy they have left us, that without them we would not be where we are nor who we are…

Ancestor worship is very much part of the Chinese New Year tradition.   Christians honor, respect, give thanks and pray for their ancestors rather than worship them, and this is one way for the church to be part of that.

This was the scene yesterday at the back of Advent Church at the end of the Holy Communion service….

Ancestor worship is not just part of the Chinese New Year tradition, but for many it is a major part of their daily lives.  For those considering the Christian faith, it is also a major obstacle.  Each Christian denomination responds in different ways to this, on a sliding scale from accommodation to total rejection.  The Taiwan Episcopal Church stands at some midway point, and this is one way to express our faith in one God and our respect for those who have gone before us….