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I've had a very nice quiet Easter today. I got up early--just a few minutes before six.

You see, I made something new for our outdoor Easter decorations, which we've kept fairly simple this year. I came across the idea of a Resurrection Garden, and decided to make one.

I wanted to use a terra cotta plant saucer for the base, but we didn't have one as large as I needed. I had everything else I needed. I lucked out and found a large plastic tray for .50. I used a small terra cotta pot for the tomb, and painted it grey. (I tried to paint the tray, but it was plastic, so the paint didn't stay very well.) I hot glued the pot to the tray, and then used small stones that I hot glued to make a path. I used the trimmings from some bushes to make the crosses, and hot glued them to the rim of the tray. Then I covered everything in potting soil, and dug up a little grass and moss from the yard to plant.

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On Good Friday, I put in the two large stones, one in front of the "tomb", and put it on the front deck, as we were expecting some stormy weather.

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This morning I went out, and moved aside the large rock in front of the "tomb" and turned the other one around: I had painted a sun, and the words "He Lives!". Then I took a little plastic angel Christmas ornament that I had hot glued to a small stone for some weight in it and placed it near the large stone. I moved the garden to the front of the yard, but we will probably bring it in tonight, since we are expecting more storms.

Kept all the other decorations fairly simple; hung a few plastic eggs on the redbud tree...

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And an oldie--I made this probably around 2003 or '04, while I still worked at Michaels. The ears don't stand up well anymore and the whiskers are kind of hard to straighten out, but I'm kind of fond of it. We also put some pink lights around the screen door.

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It was so cool to get up early today. Last night the DH and I watched Harvey--an old movie we hadn't re-watched in way too long (if you've never seen it, treat yourself. Jimmy Stewart at his self-deprecating charming best). So the TV was still on TCM when we got up, and there was Godspell! We hadn't seen that in even longer! I had forgotten just how joyful it was, and it put me in a good frame of mind to go to church.

The service was lovely, with lots of my favorite Easter hymns. The church was packed, since lots of folks had company, and the sermon was really thoughtful. We had a quiet afternoon, just the two of us, as our son wasn't able to make it this time. I had time to do some writing today, finished my poem for this month's Challenge, and worked a little on "Concerning the Shire". We had ham for supper, and it's made lots of leftovers.

We're watching ST:DS9 right now, then we'll probably go to bed and try to get some sleep before the storms move in and Sophie wakes us up.
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I went to the Ash Wednesday service tonight. It is always solemn and thoughtful, and I felt resolved when it was over.

Each year for Lent, I try to post something here each day that will be uplifting, joyful or thought-provoking.

The lyrics of one of the hymn we sang tonight seemed a very appropriate place to begin:

Sunday's Palms are Wednesday's Ashes

Sunday's palms are Wednesday's ashes
As another Lent begins
Thus we kneel before our Maker
In contrition for our sins
We have marred baptismal pledges
In rebellion gone astray
Now returning seek forgiveness
Grant us pardon God this day

We have failed to love our neighbors
Their offences to forgive
Have not listened to their troubles
Nor have cared just how they live
We are jealous proud impatient
Loving over much our things
May the yielding of our failings
Be our Lenten offerings

We are hasty to judge others
Blind to proof of human need
And our lack of understanding
Demonstrates our inner greed
We have wasted earth's resources
Want and suffering we've ignored
Come and cleanse us then restore us
Make new hearts within us Lord

-Rae E. Whitney-
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(Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday)

Sorry to be posting this so late, but this is the first chance I've had to type up my notes. Behind cut for length and pics: Read more... )

Church

May. 1st, 2016 11:54 am
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Today both the DH and I went to the early service for church, and got our son to go with us.

I normally prefer the 11 o' clock service, which is traditional, with the usual liturgy and also the traditional hymnal hymns. The early service is a "song-and-praise" service with a band, rather than a choir and piano-and-organ. The sermon remains the same for both; today's sermon was on Matthew-the-tax-collector.

Today's service was quite a nice change. The chosen songs had a bit more substance than they usually do, and it was communion Sunday, which always makes the service more meaningful.

I felt quite uplifted and joyful when we left.

Here is one of the songs we had this morning:

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Part of the liturgy from this morning's service:

Holy and Gracious God, we praise you,
for you gave us Jesus Christ,
who emptied himself and took the form of a slave,
who humbled himself and became obedient to you,
even to the point of death.
In this week as we walk with him,
may we abide not only in the triumphant entry,
but in the way of the cross,
and not only in the cross, and the grave,
but to the day of his glorious rising.
For you have exalted him who is Christ the Lord,
your son and our savior. Amen


When I left for church this morning, I was not in the best frame of mind (behind the cut, because I get a bit political) Read more... )
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I was off from work this Sunday. We had Communion this Sunday. I thought today I'd share the Prayer of Confession we used this morning:

Gracious and loving God,
forgive us for seeing others from only a human point of view,
with assumptions and prejudices that don't honor what you have created.
Open our eyes to see afresh
the signs of your new creation through Christ,
until we are reconciled with you, with ourselves and with others.


And here is the hymn we sang for communion:



We also had a potluck dinner after the service, which was really nice, as I have missed out due to work for a few months. (They have it on the first Sunday of the month.)
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Today was the fifth Sunday in Lent. We had a guest preacher today as our pastor was out of town. Also, since it was the first Sunday of the month, we had Communion and a potluck lunch.

I really liked our opening prayer at the service, so that's my Lent contribution today: Read more... )

We also sang this lovely song:

Lent

Mar. 30th, 2014 10:05 pm
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This being the fifth Sunday of the month, the youth were in charge of the service, the theme today being "I was blind but now I see". This was the closing hymn:



During the last verse all the congregation had candles which were lit. It was very moving.
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I have always been proud to be a United Methodist, a denomination whose motto is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors".

And then someone does something like this.

*sigh* At least I have the satisfaction of knowing that most of the other Methodists I know also find this embarrassing.
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One silver lining from our current situation is that the DH has been available to come to church with me for a few weekends. Today we decided to go out to lunch after the service, and ended up at the local steakhouse.

As I was getting out of the car I heard a voice say: "Dreamflower?"

I immediately turned and responded (I always suspected I would answer to that name if anyone ever called me by it in person, and I was right, even though this was the first time it came up in RL, LOL!)

She recognized me by the decal on the back of my car ("The Road goes ever on and on..."). It was a lady I had met about three or four years back, at a social gathering put on by our (at the time) pastor's wife. We had clicked--she was a huge LotR fan--and I kind of turned her on to fanfic. She has actually left me a few reviews at SoA, but I've never seen her in person since then. We chatted for a few minutes in the parking lot, and she revealed that she is still following several of my stories (I did have another review from her about two months ago or so) as well as those of a couple of other SoA authors she mentioned. We spoke again as we were leaving the restaurant, and it made me grin so hard!

The service this morning was very nice...Read more... )

Anyway, I hope to get a bit of writing in this afternoon, and maybe we will start putting up our Hallowe'en decorations!
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One silver lining from our current situation is that the DH has been available to come to church with me for a few weekends. Today we decided to go out to lunch after the service, and ended up at the local steakhouse.

As I was getting out of the car I heard a voice say: "Dreamflower?"

I immediately turned and responded (I always suspected I would answer to that name if anyone ever called me by it in person, and I was right, even though this was the first time it came up in RL, LOL!)

She recognized me by the decal on the back of my car ("The Road goes ever on and on..."). It was a lady I had met about three or four years back, at a social gathering put on by our (at the time) pastor's wife. We had clicked--she was a huge LotR fan--and I kind of turned her on to fanfic. She has actually left me a few reviews at SoA, but I've never seen her in person since then. We chatted for a few minutes in the parking lot, and she revealed that she is still following several of my stories (I did have another review from her about two months ago or so) as well as those of a couple of other SoA authors she mentioned. We spoke again as we were leaving the restaurant, and it made me grin so hard!

The service this morning was very nice...Read more... )

Anyway, I hope to get a bit of writing in this afternoon, and maybe we will start putting up our Hallowe'en decorations!
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Our church had an old-fashioned ice cream social and hymn sing tonight to welcome our new pastor. She seems very nice, and I have liked both of her sermons that I've heard so far (This was her second Sunday). She has a much quieter style than our previous pastor, whom I also liked very much.

We sang a lot of old hymns, including some I had not sung in quite a while. This one was a favorite of one of my college roommates-- hearing her singing it in our dorm room with her guitar was the first time I ever heard it. Anyway, I found several versions of it on YouTube, but this one I thought was the nicest-- these kids sing beautifully!

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Our church had an old-fashioned ice cream social and hymn sing tonight to welcome our new pastor. She seems very nice, and I have liked both of her sermons that I've heard so far (This was her second Sunday). She has a much quieter style than our previous pastor, whom I also liked very much.

We sang a lot of old hymns, including some I had not sung in quite a while. This one was a favorite of one of my college roommates-- hearing her singing it in our dorm room with her guitar was the first time I ever heard it. Anyway, I found several versions of it on YouTube, but this one I thought was the nicest-- these kids sing beautifully!

Today!

May. 31st, 2012 09:29 pm
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Well, everyone, dinner with the pastor and her husband was a roaring success! The DH and I did a lot of cleaning yesterday, and he did a lot of yardwork, so today all we had to do was a last minute dusting and running of the sweeper, and pick up a few groceries. We did the latter errand while we were out picking up my paycheck this morning.

Food stuff behind the cut...Read more... )

Fannish stuff behind this cut...Read more... )

Today!

May. 31st, 2012 09:29 pm
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Well, everyone, dinner with the pastor and her husband was a roaring success! The DH and I did a lot of cleaning yesterday, and he did a lot of yardwork, so today all we had to do was a last minute dusting and running of the sweeper, and pick up a few groceries. We did the latter errand while we were out picking up my paycheck this morning.

Food stuff behind the cut...Read more... )

Fannish stuff behind this cut...Read more... )
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Today was potluck Sunday, and I am in charge of setting up the potluck, so of course I was there. Read more... )
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Today was potluck Sunday, and I am in charge of setting up the potluck, so of course I was there. Read more... )

Whew!

Mar. 17th, 2012 08:10 pm
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I've had an extremely busy week; in addition to trying to keep up with my B2MEM prompts, and feeling rather like a hamster on a wheel over them, we have been painting our bedroom and hanging new curtains in both the bedroom and living room. (Perhaps tomorrow or Monday I can take and post some pics.) Yesterday we ran like crazy with errands that kept us busy all day.

Today, I was supposed to work 7AM to 3PM-- I ended up working to 4, and then my boss asked me if I'd come in tomorrow (I don't normally work Sunday) for a few hours, since she had some people call in-- not a full shift anyway, thank goodness! But I am so pooped. I hope I can move in the morning, LOL!

But I am also very excited about THIS news! I am hoping to find out enough about the venue so I can be there! I'm so happy! Imagine him coming HERE of all places, as it's not likely to change anyone's mind about him, or garner him any votes here that he wasn't already going to get.

I was kind of sad, but not surprised, that all but ONE of the people whom I mentioned it to, or who mentioned it TO me, were negative about the whole thing. You know, even if you don't LIKE a president, it's still an honor to have one come to your town-- I know as a child growing up, I was always taught that you respect the office even if you don't respect the man. But most people here are either very nasty about the president, or at best, resentful of the trouble it will cause for traffic and stuff!

In kind of nice news, my church has a program to provide a free community meal once a month-- we have it the evening of the third Saturday, and have gone in with two other churches, who host it on the first and second Saturday. It's called "P,B&J" (for "Peace, Bread & Joy") Anyone's welcome to come, and this is the first time I haven't been working on the evening we had it, so I went up to donate some butter. Our store is having a promotion-- for every $15 spent in the market, you get a free pound of real butter. I'd managed to collect ten pounds this week (several from my own purchases, and a couple from customers who did not want their promotional free butter, and told me to donate it for them). So I kept four, and took six up to the church along with a couple of other food donations, and stayed to eat some spaghetti and talk a little. But now I am home and my feet hurt, and I am very tired.

Hopefully, after a little rest, I can try to whip some of my bits and pieces of partially done B2MeM fics into some things I can post. I've only been able to finish and post a few so far, but now, instead of 3 WIPs, I have a gazillion (no, not really, it just feels that way.)

And read "The Grey Havens". I cannot BELIEVE that Mark of "Mark Reads" is going to finish LotR on Monday. It seems to have gone so QUICKLY!

Whew!

Mar. 17th, 2012 08:10 pm
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I've had an extremely busy week; in addition to trying to keep up with my B2MEM prompts, and feeling rather like a hamster on a wheel over them, we have been painting our bedroom and hanging new curtains in both the bedroom and living room. (Perhaps tomorrow or Monday I can take and post some pics.) Yesterday we ran like crazy with errands that kept us busy all day.

Today, I was supposed to work 7AM to 3PM-- I ended up working to 4, and then my boss asked me if I'd come in tomorrow (I don't normally work Sunday) for a few hours, since she had some people call in-- not a full shift anyway, thank goodness! But I am so pooped. I hope I can move in the morning, LOL!

But I am also very excited about THIS news! I am hoping to find out enough about the venue so I can be there! I'm so happy! Imagine him coming HERE of all places, as it's not likely to change anyone's mind about him, or garner him any votes here that he wasn't already going to get.

I was kind of sad, but not surprised, that all but ONE of the people whom I mentioned it to, or who mentioned it TO me, were negative about the whole thing. You know, even if you don't LIKE a president, it's still an honor to have one come to your town-- I know as a child growing up, I was always taught that you respect the office even if you don't respect the man. But most people here are either very nasty about the president, or at best, resentful of the trouble it will cause for traffic and stuff!

In kind of nice news, my church has a program to provide a free community meal once a month-- we have it the evening of the third Saturday, and have gone in with two other churches, who host it on the first and second Saturday. It's called "P,B&J" (for "Peace, Bread & Joy") Anyone's welcome to come, and this is the first time I haven't been working on the evening we had it, so I went up to donate some butter. Our store is having a promotion-- for every $15 spent in the market, you get a free pound of real butter. I'd managed to collect ten pounds this week (several from my own purchases, and a couple from customers who did not want their promotional free butter, and told me to donate it for them). So I kept four, and took six up to the church along with a couple of other food donations, and stayed to eat some spaghetti and talk a little. But now I am home and my feet hurt, and I am very tired.

Hopefully, after a little rest, I can try to whip some of my bits and pieces of partially done B2MeM fics into some things I can post. I've only been able to finish and post a few so far, but now, instead of 3 WIPs, I have a gazillion (no, not really, it just feels that way.)

And read "The Grey Havens". I cannot BELIEVE that Mark of "Mark Reads" is going to finish LotR on Monday. It seems to have gone so QUICKLY!
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Today was potluck Sunday. I took a crockpot of hamhock and black-eyed peas, and am pleased to note there was not a smidge left at the end. I had lots of help in the kitchen today, and so I decided to sit at the opposite end of one of the tables (I usually sit near the kitchen, in case something is needed, like more ice or drinks or something). I got to talk to a family that I kind of know (well, the mom at least) but not very well, so that was fun, as we compared our "earthquake stories" such as they were...Read more... )

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