|late Sunday afternoon|
|this shade of blue is especially hard to capture in my house - I promise - it really does look a lot more like the sky two photos down!|
|it's not too late to join!|
But the real highlight was church yesterday morning - our annual "Gifts of Women" service. This is an annual event sponsored by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (which has ordained women as elders since 1930 and as pastors since 1956). Our congregation is blessed with two women pastors and a host of fantastic women leaders and congregants. This year's worship theme is gratitude and the prayers, hymns, music and sermon left me light-hearted and thankful.
I was honored to be a liturgist for the first part of the service that includes the Prayer of Adoration. These lines especially spoke to me and it was even more meaningful to be the one to read them aloud:
O God,Wishing each of you a wonderful week!
you richly bless us with all that we need.
With all your creatures, great and small
we sing of your goodness,
for in the cycles of the seasons,
and the wonders of each creature,
you reveal your generosity.
Grant us one thing more:
grateful hearts to sing your praise... Amen.