Small Pleasures…

by admin on July 1, 2015

The blueberries hung in thick, warm clusters; indigo
gems, glistening in the sun. We stood on tiptoe and gleaned
from the high bushes. The sky was blue and the day was
hot. We worked in companionable silence, grateful for the
shade and the sweet taste of ripe fruit on our tongues. We couldn’t
help but taste a few as we worked. Sweat dripped in our eyes, and
mosquitoes did a little tasting of their own, but the thought of homemade
blueberry cobbler kept us going. The work and our just desserts:
one of life’s small pleasures.
There are so many little things that we take for granted every day in
this country, where small pleasures get swallowed up in the drive to
acquire more and bigger things. But stop and consider for a moment
what a real pleasure it is to turn on the tap in your kitchen, and have
fresh water at your fingertips. To get up when nature calls and have a
toilet available. To be able to flip a switch, and feel cool air against
your skin, or open the freezer door and have the satisfaction of seeing
bags of frozen blueberries waiting there till you are ready to eat them,
and they will be as fresh as the day you picked them.
I think of people in other countries who do not have the luxury of
these small pleasures. For too many, clean water, toilets, and refrigeration
are just a pipe dream, and air conditioning isn’t even on the radar.
I think of the homeless in our own country, washing in sinks in public
rest rooms, at the mercy of the weather, only able to buy food that can
be eaten the same day or it will spoil. And I am ashamed that I have not
gotten down on my knees and thanked God every day for providing me
with these small pleasures.
But, this morning, as I ate my sweet, blueberry pancakes, I thanked
God for every delicious bite, and vowed that I would never again take
these things for granted. I will try hard not to forget.
O God, forgive me for those times when I do forget to thank you for
pouring your blessings out on me. Forgive me when I take these things
for granted. Forgive me for those times when I hold on tightly to what
I have, instead of sharing your bounty with others.

Because if I did – if we all did – maybe everyone might get to enjoy life’s small pleasures, like you planned from the beginning. Thank you, Lord, for letting me get a glimpse of your vision for the world, in the indigo blue of a handful of blueberries. Amen. In celebration of life’s small pleasures,

Pastor Barb <><

It is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. Ecclesiastes 3:13

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Pictures from 2015 VBS

by admin on June 12, 2015

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Vacation Bible School June 8-12, 2015!

May 29, 2015

Vacation Bible School June 8-12, 2015! At Hometown Nazareth, kids get to meet Jesus’ mother, Mary, and hear her stories of Jesus’ boyhood. As kids hear Mary tell about how she knew that Jesus was God’s Son, they’ll explore how they can stand up for their faith in everyday life. Come, join in the fun, […]

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Confirmation Day…

May 12, 2015

We are moving, and for the past month, every spare moment has been spent sorting and packing our stuff; deciding what to keep, and what to throw away. In the closet under the stairs, was a box marked “Barb – from a former life. Keep.” I had forgotten what was in it. So, I pulled […]

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Holy Week Schedule

April 2, 2015

Holy Week Schedule Maundy Thursday: April 2nd – 8:00 p.m. – First Communion and Stripping of the Altar Good Friday: April 3rd- 8:00 p.m.-Solemn Service of Remembrance Easter Egg Hunt: April 5th – 2:30 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn Easter: April 5th ◘ Sunrise Service – 7:00 a.m. Bonfire in Zion Park ◘ Sunrise Breakfast – […]

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Consider the Lilies…

April 2, 2015

I held the lily bulb in my hand.  There was nothing beautiful about it.  Brown and dry and odorless as it was, there was nothing that hinted at what it would become.  But, when  buried deep in the dark, dank earth, a miracle begins! The silent forces of life gather for a glorious resurrection.  A […]

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These 40 Days..

February 12, 2015

The rain is falling, soft and steady, soaking deep, deep, down into the dark earth. The grey clouds spread like a blanket above the trees, blocking out the sun. It’s the kind of day that makes you want to crawl into bed, pull the covers up to your chin and stay there;  deliciously warm and […]

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Ballroom Dance Lessons

January 4, 2015

Once again, dance lessons will be available each Thursday evening 6:30-8:00 beginning January 15th. – ZFH The basic steps of the Waltz, Rhumba, Salsa, Fox Trot, Swing, Polka, Cha Cha, and Tango will be covered – nothing fancy just fun. No previous dancing required, people with two left feet are welcome, as are the students […]

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A Year of “Firsts”…

January 2, 2015

I flipped the cover over on my brand new calendar, and there it was – January 1, 2015 – the first of 365 days, without a mark on it!  A whole, new year stretched out ahead of me, full of endless possibilities!  Who knew what lay ahead? I closed my eyes and thought about what […]

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Christmas Play a Success!

December 15, 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, it was a lot of hard work but worth it when you see the children put on a great show! Here are some pictures from the play: Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA.

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