Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen Indeed!
I just have to talk about Easter at St. Nicholas. Yesterday, I went over to the church to do a baptism workshop and was so happy to see so many people working on making the church beautiful.
And beautiful it was!
There were flowers everywhere! In the windows, on the doors, on the crosses. It smelled like a garden in the church, signaling the return of our King and Lord.
Sue and I (well, Sue, really) moved every possible chair we could get and filled up every space to accommodate everyone. The Bible Study room, my office, even the Narthex had chairs for folks to sit in…and boy did we need it!
Today we broke the attendance record…by about 60 people! Christmas Eve was packed at around 138. Today, we were just under 200! I don’t mention this to brag, but for those of you who have been in our worship space, you know that we’re a tiny church. To have so many friends, family, and regular attendees in the crowd made my heart almost burst with joy. It’s like a homecoming.
The front of the church said it all, “He is Risen!” on huge banners that run the height of the church.
The acolytes paraded in with beautiful ribbons, swung by Kendra and Abbey. Luckily, no one got smacked in the head.
The kids found the once-buried Alleluia banner after looking in the “empty tomb” (behind the altar).
After church, we ate a plethora of goodies at our Easter Reception put on by our fantastic group of ladies (and men who put up tables and tents!).
The kids hunted Easter Eggs and got lots of great candy!
Finally, I came home, put my feet up and rested in the Lord. By that I mean I took a 3 hour nap!
It was a glorious day and once again, I’m so blessed to be the Rector of this wonderful congregation! Thank you all for all your work. I pray it deepened your understanding of the power of the Resurrection.
Now, after a wonderful week, the Jackson Five are headed to Kanuga for an Easter Respite! We’ll be back on Thursday.
Thank you, Lord, for this church, these people, and the time we shared together today. Thank you for the joy of your Resurrection that you put in each of our hearts. May we be resurrected ourselves and go forth to proclaim this awesome message of your love! Amen!
(If you have pictures from today, please e-mail them to me, and I’ll post them on the site!)
P.S. Tai and I were in the Easter article in the Ledger-Enquirer! Check it out by clicking here!