Sunday, April 20, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/19/14: Scrubbing, Sorting, The Promise of New Life

 1.  I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed the bathroom from floor to ceiling, making it brighter, nearly spotless.  Now a decision:  should it be painted?  Coin flip?

2.  I am nearly ready to give the last bookcase in my room away because I have now sorted through the books, set many aside for give away, and filled a single tub with the books I'm going to take with us when we move.  Next up:  cd's and dvd's and then a scrubbing of the walls and baseboards and trim.  

3.  I was asked to read the four Old Testament lessons from Exodus, Isaiah (2), and Ezekiel in tonight's Easter Vigil service. These readings capture some of the sweep of the history of salvation, through events and poetry that predate the Resurrection.  The readings are thrilling.  The story of the parting of the Red Sea is action-packed and the readings from the prophets are poetic and passionate.  These readings were each answered by McKay's reading of an appointed Psalm and then a reflective prayer, read by Father Bingham, and all of these readings and prayers were preceded by Loren Crow's gorgeous chanting of the Exsultet (Easter Proclamation).  Tonight's service also featured an adult baptism.  It was perfectly fitting to celebrate Austin's baptism within a service devoted to the Easter promise of new life. 


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