Pentecost at the foot of the Pyrenees

Pentecost at St Andrew’s, Pau, was a glorious day of celebration, as we brought our Easter festivities for 2017 to a fitting conclusion. Pau is in the foothills of the Pyrenees, within spitting distance of Spain, the Basque Country and the Atlantic Coast. What a stunning location!

Like the account of the first Christian Pentecost in Acts, we had a wonderful diversity of people from many different ‘nations and languages’ worshipping together at the Eucharist. With an eye on the Jewish origins of Pentecost, I preached on fire and water as the harvest of Pentecost (you can find the sermon on a separate post).

Pau has a fine history of Anglican worship, and the church provides an inspiring backdrop to the liturgy, with its warm colours and generous space. St Andrew’s has an enthusiastic choir, directed by John Arthur, which is a vital part of the quality of the worship at St Andrew’s. A new setting of the mass has been written by the organist and, from the glimpse I caught of it, it will add to the lively offering of music made at St Andrew’s.

I was given a tremendously warm welcome by John Arthur and Eva Tomlinson, the churchwardens, who were admitted to their roles during the service. I also met with the Church Council over lunch, before heading for my train which took me via Bordeaux and on to Lille, directly. Now the people of St Andrew’s Pau are looking for a new priest and the appointment process is gathering pace. Pray for this congregation and its outpost at Hères et Mazères as they await the appointment of a new priest to build on the work of previous chaplains in Pau. Pray that a new priest will face the challenges of contemporary mission and care for this gem of a church building built to the glory of God.

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