I have bragged (I know - pride is a bad thing -it is a sin - but I didn't arrange these flowers so I'm bragging on others . . .I do not even know on whom I am bragging!!) on our flower committee before. We have a dedicated group of women and a few men who do the most amazing job every single Sunday. We always have the most beautiful altar arrangements. These folks are not professionals. They are church members - they are mommas and school teachers and folks who work at the YMCA - regular folks with amazing God given gifts. They really "do it up" on holidays - the do flowers to the glory of God. Look at this amazing altar arrangement. God created those flowers and they were indeed used for his glory that day.
day if you want to go back and read . . .maybe in the second or third paragraph. I need to be in the sanctuary . . .when it is dark and quiet on Sunday morning and they bring in the Christ candle and we sing Alleluia and the lights come on and the orchestra plays and the white flowers are on the altar and the black cloth is gone from the church . . .oh my goodness, just typing those word . . . I have goose bumps running up and down my arms. I need that service - my Jesus is risen and he walks and talks with me every day. I need to be reminded of that on Easter morning and I "GET" that in the traditional service.
Our "children" were all going to attend the early contemporary service which was back to back with the early traditional service. I did something that I rarely ever do. This service met during the Sunday School hour . . .and I've been teaching Sunday School for over 20 years and I rarely miss but I chose being with my family in worship on Easter Sunday as my priority . . .and it was the right thing to do. They didn't want me to take this picture but I took it anyway. There are just some rights to being a middle-aged momma - yes, there are. Glenn is on the left and then Lauren and Laura and our friend, Sean. He wasn't going to be in the picture but we told him that he is one of ours also. We feel that way about so many of our kid's friends. They are ours, too. There is something very scriptural about that also!!!! Sean is one of our Tuesday night guys and he has been the best friend to Laura.
Of course, after church we went to grandmother's house for lunch. She had her table all decorated for lunch. She is in her late 80's and she still decorates and serves Sunday lunch - though on this day, we all helped.