Monday, April 25, 2011

on a hill far away

Up before dawn, we made our way over curvy roads higher and higher toward our destination. The eastern sky became lighter; then streaked with oranges and pinks.

When we arrived a table with a crisp white table cloth was set with a full wine goblet and a round loaf of artisan bread. The purple and white of the table were echoed in a lovely stand of lilac and white irises.

Quietly the participants arrived and set their lawn chairs up. The views from this spot are spectacular.

As the sun rose, various men of our group read passages from the gospels regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Our pastor shared his thoughts on these passages, interspersed among the readings.

Then we each went up to the table, tore a piece of bread from the loaf and dipped it in the cup.

It was probably the most beautiful communion service I have ever attended.

After the service we visited for a while around a light breakfast, bagels, cream cheese and fruits..

We then departed for our nearest wifi hotspot. (Remember? We have dial-up at home.) The purpose was to watch Jon's church service - he was on the worship team. We got to see quite a bit of his left shoulder and occasionally his right hand as he played bass in the worship band.

But the highlight? At the end of the service, 4 people were baptized including one of the young men in the youth group. Andrew had asked that Jon baptize him.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, we were blessed to be able to see Jon perform his first baptism.

Our hearts were and are filled with gratitude.

To top off a lovely day, Mom and Dad came over for supper.

Today, the lilacs are in full bloom and the fragrance permeates our home.

And the blessings of God permeate our hearts.

4 comments:

Nanato4 said...

Wow, what a tremendous blessing that was to see his first baptism! Sounds like a beautiful Easter Sunday.

Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like an amazing way to have a sunrise Easter breakfast! I would love to see Jon's service sometime...is his website open to all or is it a site just for family? Dan and Josh did such a great job here with all of their planning for Good Friday and Easter; both services were very touching. I played for both services, made lunch for the in-laws, and drove back to church later in the day when everyone left just to sit and look at the huge cross that was carved and put up for Easter. I felt like the leprosy guy that had to come back and say thank you. Today, after 2 hours of washing dishes (no dishwasher) Ike and I enjoyed leftovers (no school today) and decided we would use paper plates for the rest of the day. God's blessings! Linda

Lady Farmer said...

What a lovely way to spend the Victory celebration Day!
Blessings!

Cheri said...

It was Nanato4 - hope yours was good too!

Linda, check out amesefc.org. But I think his service is the same time as yours.

Sounds like you had a good Easter. What a marvelous idea to go back to the cross. When you are involved in music ministry it is sometimes hard to worship when you are coordinating details. How wise of you to take time later in the day to worship.

Hope yours was great too, Lady Farmer!