A Year in Gothenburg – November

1 All Saints’ Day fell on a Sunday.  The service was Family Communion, with a combination of the celebration of All Saints and the remembrance of All Souls.  This year I had been involved in four funerals, and I had written to the next-of-kin saying that we would be remembering their relative in the service (I put the funeral cards on the ledge of the reredos, read out the names, and if appropriate say something about them) .  One came to church, and another thanked us for letting her know.

7 Poppy Day Tea, run by the British Club.  Rather than taking books to sell and giving someone else the problem of disposing of them afterwards, I brought items for the auction, all of which were sold, raising money for the Earl Haig Fund.

8 Remembrance Sunday.  As usual, our Parish Communion service used some prayers from the ecumenical service order produced by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland,  the representative from the embassy read the first lesson, the collection went to the Earl Haig Fund, and there was an opportunity to light candles in memory of war victims. Afterwards I had a lift to Kviberg.  This year we had to wait a bit for the German pastor, before starting with prayers and wreath-laying at the German war graves.  He and I then walked together, ahead of the crowd, to the Commonwealth graves.  Lunch was at the Bachelors’ Club, as it was the British turn to offer hospitality.

15 We celebrated Christ the King one week early…

22 … and St Andrew’s Day 8 days early, that being when we could book Haga Forsamlingshem for lunch afterwards.

29 Advent Sunday.  Lit the first Advent candle.