This may well be a two-post day as I want to get back to the Meadville/Lombard thing. However, I thought a fasting update was in order. Perhaps not surprisingly we made it through the night. Last night's Maundy Thursday service was lovely with few words and a healthy dose of music. Our hymns were played by Harriett Buckingham, our long-time Maundy Thursday pianist. Our Assistant minister played the guitar and sang for the Interlude. I, of course, played the Fluke to kick it off. Also, communion was served.
As I noted (or at least implied) in last night's post, the goal was originally to stop eating after the service. We thought it would be a nice symbolic touch to have communion be the last thing consumed. In reality we got a bit nervous and did some snacking before bed to fortify ourselves. Still, the symbolic end will be around 7pm this evening if we can make it. Also, this is a solid-food fast, so there will be liquids consumed during the day.
My big question right now is what to serve for dinner. I tried a few Google searches, but mostly I found references to some diet plan that involves regular 24 hour fasts. It had suggestions, but they all had to do with losing weight. My concern is a bit different, obviously. Any suggestions would be helpful. I plan on being very hungry...
Here are the essential elements of last night's communion service, just in case someone ever wants to replicate it.
Were You There? We did this as a sing-along without words printed. Sometimes I think we get so busy reading the words that we forget to experience the moment.
On Piano (all from the Pilgrim Hymnal):
Holy, Holy, Holy (that's right UU's...the trinitarian one)
Rock Of Ages
Abide With Me
In the Bulb There is a Flower This was sung as a solo piece by Matt Carriker.
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 (the Passover story)
Luke 22:7-18 (the Communion story)
The actual service of communion consisted of reading the next two verses of Luke and handing out the bread and wine at appropriate moments.
Donna Vuillemier and I were the deacons.