Sunday, September 16, 2007

Church and a Picnic

So Caleb and I headed off to church this morning at our usual Larsen time - ten minutes late to everything. It has been so long since we have been to a traditional, small church. Very different from what we are used to at Mars Hill. We were glad the pastor spent so much time in prayer and preached Jesus, but it was the worship that was a little hard to participate in. I forgot that the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" always makes me giggle because of how high it is and how painfully slow it is sung. The singing was led by a baby grand piano, a guitar, and a woman with an amazingly high vibrato voice. Caleb was trying to sing along with "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and his voice got so low that he sounded like a bass and I started shaking with laughter and then he lost it too and we were goners after that. Still with 3 more verses to sing. One of the hymns was over 300 years old. Beautiful, poetic words, but formal, stiff and a little tricky so sing along with. Oh, how many church services have I attended where I sat in the back stifling laughter as I struggled through some song that required the range of Mariah Carey! I'm sure that the sweet, regular church attendees thought I was just plain wicked, but it is my own inadequacy I am laughing at. Anyway, that all said, the Presbyterian church was a very nice church but we will keep looking.
Caleb's Digital Media classmates had a picnic down by the beach today. It was so nice. We had piles of Thai takeout and lots of beer and perfect weather. Tugboat ran wild and charmed everybody. We spent six hours just hanging out with his classmates, playing bocce ball, and looking for seashells. I came home with three new phone numbers and a cupful of seashells. After my last pathetic, sad post, you will all be happy to know that I have three people to call this week and also that Caleb and I are finally having dinner with our neighbors on Wed. night. Caleb actually suggested to me the other day that I Google how to make friends. I thought, wow, if I get that desperate I might have to. Thank God, today I think I made some friends!


Lauren Day said...

Oh good! I am reading the last 4 posts at the same time. Marci, you will be fighting off wanna-be friends in no time.

Paul Wishengrad said...

Ha! So true! Two weeks ago I found myself singing "Great is Thy Faithfulness" for the first time in decades as I puttered around the kitchen, and had to put my chin down to get down to the low last three notes "...Lord Unto Meeeeee". That song is worse than the National Anthem!