Reports from Parish Associate Rev. Dr. Beth Braxton and member Anne Laroche. Photos by Morgan Brown
The Easter service in Triangle Park for our Radcliffe Room* guests was a joy! Our Creator gave us perfect weather!!
David Smoot set up the microphone system and provided two music stands. Rev. Beth brought a watering can full of flowers, white table cloth, oil lamp and two baskets of bells. When “Christ is risen” was proclaimed in word or song everyone gathered was encouraged to ring their bell and say “He is risen indeed!” There was only one ambulance siren break in Rev. Beth’s message.
Anne Laroche reports she counted 74 guests and a dozen church members/Radcliffe Room volunteers, and that “Rev. Beth’s sermon encouraged us not to be afraid to share the love of Jesus with others and in all types of situations.”
Bob Braxton was a one man tenor choir on his guitar; he played for two verses of two Easter hymns – opening with “Jesus, Christ is Risen Today” and closing with “The Day of Resurrection.” HIs solo anthem was “Because He Lives” – in which several members of the “Radcliffe Room congregation” sang along on the chorus.
At the close of the service; Rev. Beth played a CD recording of Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus on her boom box. And John and Cathy Schultheis passed out the most fantastic Easter Treat Bags to each Radcliffe Room guest and volunteers. The bags were filled with daffodils, jelly beans, chocolates of all sorts, and homemade cookies!!!
Alleluia, He Is Risen. He Is Risen Indeed.
*The Radcliffe Room is a ministry for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.