Well, the great predicted snowfall did materialize on Saturday evening (despite predictions from this armchair meteorologist that it would likely fizzle), and we woke up to a changed landscape. Where once we had been happily looking at snowdrops in the garden, we were now just looking at snow.
While some of us live within walking distance of St. Clement's, most others were wise to stay home. Even if the roads were passable, the places to park were severely limited! Thanks to Conrad and Cam, there was at least a spot waiting for Helen, and all our walkways were clear.
I (Peggy) walked down from my house on upper Hoskins and came across many good community neighbours doing their civic duty and clearing the sidewalks. Peggy snapped a photo of some cheerful BC Transit workers clearing the bus stops (one of whom was going to check out our website for the photo, so if that is you - hi!!) On Dempsey, I came across one of our parishioners out shovelling, and it was nice to say hello to Mary and Steve out front of Mountain Market, clearing the deep snow. I suggested the snowfall may have been God's way of reminding them how good their impending retirement will feel!
The church was beautiful in the snowlight, with our natural-coloured linens and pussywillow arrangements setting the scene for the simplicity of Lent. Given that our readers, prayer leaders, musicians and other key folks were unable to make it, it was good to lean into the theme of simplicity and "make do" with a capella voices, Conrad on the drum, Cam providing some tunes from the keyboard, and the willingness of everyone who entered to play a part in offering worship.
There were children to help Helen "bury the alleluias" in the sandbox for Lent, Ian to read the lessons, Wilna to read Elizabeth's prayers, and a circle of 17 to receive the Eucharist together. We missed those of you who couldn't be at church, but we knew you were with us in spirit, as we were with you!
Thank you to everyone for pitching in to make this first Sunday in Lent one to remember.