SO the Weekend is over and how did worship go?
Crowd was small but larger than past years. SErvice flowed well, although in listening to the recording I was reminded why I (and most others) don't like to hear myself sing. BUt with a small crowd and the accompanist being me on guitar I needed to sing into the mic for leadership purposes. The meditation on the many crosses I was happy with.
AFter worship was the walk with the cross. IT was COLD COLD COLD. My face was numb after the first stop. WE had 75-100 people at the peak--a few less than previous years. Oh and did I mention it was blessedly cold?
I much larger crowd than I remember from last year (such cold weather encourages attendance--or discourages other activities). THe opening with "Previously, on stories of the faith..." went well. Sermon was passable at best-- a little muddy and unfocussed. WIth the larger crowd the singing was so much stronger and fuller. The real disapointment was the balloons. I had goneout yesterday afternoon and got 12 helium balloons, then set them up under blankets to be uncoveredduring the first hymn. I have seen this done before and it looks great as the balloons float to the top of their tethers as a sign of resurrection. BUt this morning we took off the blankets and they just sort of sat there. 20-21 hours after being filled they no longer floated. :( Actually I was surprised--I usually would expect at least a full day of full floatation from helium balloons.