Sunday, April 4, 2010
Church Journey Week 15 Happy Easter!
Okay, some of you may be saying what happened to week 14, 13, 12, etc. Well, due to technical difficulties we have a snag back from weeks ago. It finally dawned on me that it doesn't really matter to anyone else what week we went where, so we are going to catch up by doing these out of order.
We knew that going to a new church on Easter Sunday would not be a true picture of what it is usually like, so we decided to do what we have done for several years--attend a sunrise service. We are fortunate that there are a few close to us. Last year we went to the Colebrook Dam, which is beautiful. This year we went back to the Beach Rock lookout over the Barkhamsted Reservoir. It's a great place to see a sunrise, but involves a little effort of a short hike. Care has to be taken not to get too close to the edge.
This service is a combined effort of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and the Barkhamsted Congregational Church. The opening hymn was the appropriate "Morning Has Broken". The sermon was given by Rev. Margret Hofmeister from the North Congregational Church of New Hartford. She spoke of the glorious morning when the tomb was found empty from Luke 24. The pastor from Pleasant Valley Methodist Church (we believe) helped with the service.
In the past we have been to this service in winter coats and a blanket to try and keep warm. This year I had short sleeves and a sweater. It was a beautiful morning to see the sunrise. There were a few wispy clouds on the horizon.
I am happy to say that we also sang, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today". I have been disappointed on other Easters when it was not included. To me it is the theme song of Easter.
After the service there was a nice breakfast at the Barkhamsted Congregational Church (they alternate with the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church.) It was great to be amongst family and friends early on Easter morning.
I don't know how to put more than four pictures on a blog, so look for more pictures on the next entry.