On Good Friday, Zachary Courter, led an English language afternoon service. We gathered together in a more intimate setting, seated near the altar of Fasor Lutheran Church. During the service we heard readings from the Bible; chanted taizé hymns; and watched as each of three candles were extinguished. As each candle’s light was snuffed out, we were drawn closer to the fall of night on Good Friday and a reminder of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. At the end of the service, Pr. Zach invited us to depart in silence and in hope. One by one, we lit a candle on the altar as a sign of our own hopes for the world and the hope we have in the love of God through Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday we came together at Fasor Lutheran Church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Zachary Courter preached a sermon which highlighted the ways that Christ speaks to us through the marginalized in society and the hope we have in the presence of God.
During the Easter service, we baptized three people into the body of Christ. Two twin sister, around two years of age, Lilla and Sára were baptized by Pr. György Aradi and witness by their family. It was my honor to baptize Jing Tian, an active member of City Park Lutheran with her husband Wei and their son Jonathan. What a joy it was to celebrate God’s promise of Resurrection through worship and the celebration of Holy Baptism!
On Easter Monday, members of City Park Lutheran were invited into the home Sinkó Family for an Easter Brunch. Balázs, Brigi and their infant son, Olivér welcomed long time congregation members and first time visitors to celebrate together. The attendees of City Park Lutheran are from all over the world, Lativa, the United States, Korea, China, and Argentina as well as Hungary. To honor our cultural diversity, members were invited to bring foods that were particular to their own family or country’s Easter Celebration. We at ham and egg salad from Hungary, meat stuff rolls from Latvia, and Easter Bread from the Finnish-American tradition.
It was an afternoon filled with laughter and delicious food as we celebrated God’s presence made manifest in community.
If you in Budapest and seeking to worship in the English language and Lutheran tradition, please join us for Sunday service at City Park Lutheran.