Farewell

The worst time of the year is upon us! This is the time of year when many members of our congregation leave us to go back home. Many of you have been a part of our lives for a year, two years or even longer. We have seen each other on Sundays, we have had coffee together, and we have talked and laughed together. We will be sad to see you go and we will miss you! As a minister I really hate to say goodbye. Since I started as a minister for ministry in English in 2010 I have lived through this time of year 3 times – this will be my fourth. It does not get better with time! As usual my end of term/beginning of summer depression started already in the beginning in May, as I started to tally up people who were going to us leave soon. But starting this year it will be different. If you are leaving to go back home – please tell me – because we would like to give you a little something to help you remember us and we would really like to send you on your way properly. From now on everyone who has been with us for a time and who is leaving will get a small wooden cross which is the cross of Lund’s cathedral. As I hand over the crosses at the end of the servicewe will also sing this traditional Irish blessing together: “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine upon your face, may the rain fall softly on your fields until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand”. Hopefully this will ease the pain of having to say goodbye a little bit.