Even though I think it may be my favorite week of the year, I still don't think I've recovered from all that has happened in the last week and a half! I am totally exhausted tonight. Regardless, it was a very special week as usual. I especially enjoy the Messianic Passover Seder and wanted to make it extra special with real table settings. Kate, a sweet friend and senior in high school, came early last Wednesday to help prepare the Seder plates.
(Thanks, Lois, for this fun photo of Kate and me!)
Robert and I even spent time the Monday before hunting down real wine glasses. I loved how they made the tables look. (No real wine though, in case there are those for whom alcohol is a struggle.)
There was such a wonderful turnout for the event ~ about 80 folks! Everyone brought a traditional Passover dish of some sort, and it was quite a feast.
And if things weren't delightful enough, there was one ADORABLE baby boy to pass around. Kory loves getting to hold little Owen, and even I got some baby time under the guise of allowing his parents to eat their meal with both hands. What a cutie ~ and it appears that he enjoyed a mainly-matzoh meal that night!
On Good Friday, our church has done what we call The Crosswalk ever since its start 12 years ago. This is a picture from last year, since I forgot my camera this year, but each year we walk the cross through town, stopping at various locations to read the biblical account of the crucifixion. It is always quite an experience, and only a very small way of identifying with what Jesus went through on Good Friday. It takes about an hour, and then we gather back at the church to talk about what it was like. The observations that each person made during the time of debriefing only extended the time of worship that it had already been, and it was such meaningful preparation for the Tenebrae Service that occurred later that evening.
Easter Sunday morning brought an amazing brunch in lieu of the early service, and then a joint worship service at 11am. And of course I am biased, but the sermon, the music, the worshipful atmosphere, and the spirit of fellowship were just so amazing.
Afterward, we headed home to change clothes and head to the McCullah's house for a very non-traditional Easter dinner of FONDUE! I have never participated in a full course fondue experience, and this one did not disappoint! So delicious.
But before the change of clothes...the annual Easter photo shoot...
Aren't they cute? (and getting WAY too big!?!)