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Easter Worship Service,
2013 March 30

Easter Day dawned bright and sunny after a long spell of cold weather.  The day included the community Easter egg hunt, the usual worship service but with several innovations, and refreshments and fellowship in the parlor.  Pictures below give a sampling of the day's events.

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As in the past several years, NHCC sponsored a community Easter egg hunt prior to worship. Here one of our "Easter bunnies" hides eggs.

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Back to topThe start time was 9:40, ten minutes later than in the past, but the crowd began to gather earlier.

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Ken offered a prayer before the start of the egg hunt.

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Coffee for the adults made its second appearance this year.  Yes, that's snow in the background.

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One of the innovations was a children's choir, which sang "Whether You're One" by Graham Kendrick.

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Back to topAnother innovation was that after singing, the children went off on their own for a brief lesson and other activities.

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The end of the lesson was filing past the "empty tomb."

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Drawing, coloring, and games gave the children something to do and a break from the worship service.

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Back to topThe adult choir sang and were accompanied by our now-regular trumpeters Ross Hill and Christine Fawson. 

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Ken preached, and here you can see some of the Sanctuary decorations.

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There were Easter hymns, starting with "Jesus Christ is Risen Today."

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Our Easter service always includes Communion.  Here Ken blesses the bread.

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Back to topAnother innovation was serving Communion by intinction rather than passing trays.

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There were a total of four "stations" for Communion, staffed by both children and adults.  Here's a second one.

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Here Ken offers the Benediction at the end of worship.

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After worship, we enjoyed refreshments in the parlor.

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Back to topLots of people had fancy Easter clothing.

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There was conversation among all ages.

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Another Easter dress.

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God's work is never done.  Before refreshments were over, the Mission Committee had installed a notice of the Eastertide "Mission 4/1 Earth: 50 Great Days" campaign for Earth care.

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