I had intended Holy Saturday to be a day of rest and reflection. It was instead disturbed by an open carry gun rally in Vallejo's waterfront park - an event chronicled on video at http://ibvallejo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=786&Itemid=1 (What does a deacon do? Check out the last five minutes) and commented on below.
Easter Sunday turned out to be very special, not so much because of the pleasant service, the kids, the new faces, and the potluck at Christ the Lord, but because of the moving Open Cathedral in the cold and drenching rain – our third Easter, our second anniversary of faithfulness in the Tenderloin. We were all wet and chilled to the bone, but it was really "Church!" There were new faces there, too, and old ones…our regulars. Souls were touched and moved and John Patrick, a congregant, wrote on the back of a paper plate:
More Than Just About A Bunny
Here we collect and gather this day
As we find a connection to fulfil what we say
Perhaps we pray for the spirit of Christ
who has risen again
Provided we enjoy and share this Easter
with family and friend
You can depend upon the season to be
inclement or even sunny
Eager to worship and equip those in need…
And maybe see the Easter Bunny
And its funny and fair all the unconditional love
So aware of the children of God who are here
Thankful and pure
A sandwich can be the cure
Everyone will stay within this open circle
Realizing it's not surprising
that I could write them a song.
Nancy Pennekamp, the other deacon at the service, took some photos. Here's one:
On Monday I slept late.
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring.