Happy Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I have no pictures to share from our day, no Easter baskets or egg hunts, but I love looking at all of your pictures on your blogs and Facebook!  All of those pastel dresses and the bright green grass.  I love Easter pictures.

We enjoyed Easter services this morning at NCC with our friends Adrienne and Brad.  We’ve known them forever and they’ve been to church with us several times, but not since we started attending NCC.  So this morning was their first time there and there’s always a little bit of anxiety taking people to your church for the first time, right?? 

“Please don’t let it be Money Sunday.”

“Please don’t let them serve vampire communion.” {Which they DID last week.  I spoke too soon, I guess.}

“Are they clapping?  Do they like the music?  Do they look bored?  They look bored.  They hate it.”

All was well until Pastor Mark brought up Bono during the sermon.  Adrienne works for the ONE Campaign—Bono’s non-profit—and my heart rate elevated slightly…

“Please, God, don’t let him say anything bad about Bono…”

Turns out, he praised Bono for an interview he did claiming the divinity of Christ.

Whew.  Bonus points.

In the end, they loved it!  We didn’t have to explain any weird communion practices and they didn’t think it was nuts that we go to church in a movie theater.  Score.

In all seriousness, it was a great service.  Mark preached on the story of Lazarus, which I thought was an interesting approach to the resurrection story on Easter Sunday.

We followed up church with lunch on the rooftop of a new place in Clarendon—Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill.  It was breezy and sunny and perfect.  We shared the fried green tomatoes, sipped on Sweet Peaches, and three of the four of us ordered the lobster roll.  It was soo good—the perfect amount of mayo, huge chunks of cold lobster, yellow peppers, and arugula… I should have taken a picture, but I didn’t. 

I know, I thought I was a blogger too.

It was downright hot by the end of lunch and homegirl has some funky tan lines to show of it. Not only was today Easter, it was the inaugural exposure of my post-winter skin to sunlight.  What can I say, I’m a multi-tasker.

After church we headed home and did some work on the flower beds in the courtyard.  For dinner, Tyler grilled some corn and chicken breasts, and a can of baked beans…literally a can sitting on the grill because we’re fancy like that…while I sat outside with him and read a book.

{I’m currently working my way through Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  The book is huge and I squeeze in reading it when I can but the progress is slow.  If you know the general story of his life, though, you know it’s fascinating enough to keep you going…}

About an hour after coming inside and finishing dinner, a holy hail storm—the most bizarre form of precipitation—came out of nowhere and it has been storming like crazy ever since.  But it’s cool because the power is back on and we’re falling asleep with the windows open, listening to the rain and thunder.

We missed our families today, but appreciated a quiet, relaxing day with our friends and reveled in the joy of a risen Savior.

“He is not here; He is risen, just as he said he would.”

                 Matthew 28:6

Amen and amen.  Hope you guys all had a wonderful day.

You Might Also Like