Easter morn with lilies fair
Fills the church with perfumes rare,
As their clouds of incense rise,
Sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies pure and white
Flooding darkness with their light,
Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
On this holy hallow’d day.
Easter Lilies bending low
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.
                 -Louise Lewin Matthews

 

Each holiday is marked by cherished traditions that bring joy, comfort, and warmth, and provide continuity from one generation to the next. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life - the spiritual essence of Easter.

The lily is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners: "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet..... Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

Often called the "white-robed apostles of hope," lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ's agony. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ's sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their altars and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

 

 

MEMORIAL LILIES for EASTER 2009
   

Given by 

In Memory Of

   
Mary Bailey Loved Ones
Florence Comer Loved Ones
Alice Cox Loved Ones
Austin & Letha Cox Loved Ones
Michael & Virginia Densmore Donnabelle Gaylor, Ernest & Mabel Densmore
John & Joyce Edwards Loved Ones
Jeff, Tracie, Jonathan Edwards Loved Ones
Mark Edwards Loved Ones
Marc, Joyce, Cierra, Brandon Edwards Mary Edwards
Mark & Shirley Ertel Loved Ones
Kate Jessup Ivan Jessup, Glenn Jessup
Kenneth & Doris Girton Loved Ones
Reed & Mary Ketring Loved Ones
Clarence Kritsch Loved Ones
Tony & Marsha Kritsch Maxine Kritsch, Gene Sickels
Betty Locke Loved Ones
Bob & Rosemary McHolland (2) Loved Ones
John & Marcella McHolland, Lonnie, Lisa, Lindsey, Logan Garza James Bolinger, Kate McHolland
Rob & Valerie Pearson Lowell Pearson
Norman & Karen Peters, Jim, Marcia, Kendra Holliger Loved Ones
Walter Mills Loved Ones
Murray & Bev Schemmer Loved Ones
Carl & Winnie Thompson Loved Ones
Bill & Delilah Wilkinson Loved Ones
Eric Passmore & Paula Koneda Gene & Midge Passmore, Andy & Louise Koneda
Rick & Nicki Owens Bud & Irene Bosworth, Louise Cox
 
 THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED LILIES to decorate the sanctuary for Palm Sunday and Easter.