Taking down decorations is a lot less fun than putting them up. At the beginning of Advent we held a "hanging of the greens" Saturday and lots of folks showed up to cut greenery, bundle sprigs, decorate the tree and set up angels.
Today we called for a "stripping of the greens" event, no knowing who would show up. A wonderful group of members and staff showed up and took the tree apart, hauled out branches and packed away ornaments. Then we ate a lunch that Sandi put together out on the patio. What happened was lots of laughter, story-telling and love! I hated to see the lunch end so soon, but it was that glimpse of genuine fellowship that included everyone.
It was a good day to be a pastor!