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.