Easter Sunday was such a terrific day at New Hope. More than that, it was a terrific day that capped an outstanding Lenten season. I can't remember the last time that so many people were engaged in so much wonderful ministry- and did it so well.
Throughout Lent, the LIFE Groups were sources of great fellowship, support and encouragement. I heard feedback about how some of our newest members really felt like they had arrived 'home' in their new group.
Kudos too, to everyone in the music ministry for offering your gifts, talents and time to make this season (and especially Holy Week) so rich and meaningful. People are still buzzing!
As for Easter, I don't even know how to count all the people who made that such a special day. Dozens of greeters served all (yes, including the Sunrise service) the services. Jami says she worked with 50 volunteers in the Children's Ministry alone. Add to that, all the great folks in At Your Service who prepared a terrific Maundy Thursday service as well as provided food on Easter morning for all those who were involved in multiple services.
There's more (like the people who set up for the Blood Drive- as well as those who donated blood!), but its hard to name them all because so many people do what they do without drawing attention to themselves. The attitude continues to be, "Whatever it takes." and it is evident with folks who set up chairs (and take them down!), sing, play instruments, clean, repair, arrange flowers, cook, serve and greet. More than just doing whatever needs to be done, people do it with joy. Part of that is because we emphasize serving in an area that fits your passion, gifts and experience. Part of that is simply because there is a joyous spirit of service that pervades throughout New Hope.
Which brings me to the banner above. I knew about the banners that were coming for the Sanctuary (the Sanctuary Design Team was another hero this season), but I was surprised to walk out of the sanctuary and see this beautiful banner hanging in the Welcome Area. It is stunning and wonderfully made. Typical of so many people around here, it was done quietly and then just "appeared" for Sunday. The names of the people who made it are on a tag at the back of the banner and I'll let you check it out to see who they are. That way, you'll also get to appreciate the vivid colors and masterful craftsmanship up close!
On behalf of everyone who benefited from the great and wonderful work that was done by all the wonderful people who gave of themselves for the sake of others: Thank You!
We'll be smiling for a long time.