What a train wreck start to my Sunday!
One of the joys of living where I do is that there is an Easter sunrise service down at the boardwalk, looking out at the ocean to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic. It’s glorious. I haven’t gone every year but being my last opportunity, I definitely went this weekend.
Last year when I went downtown for the 6am service, it was hard to find parking, and amazingly not one coffee shop near the boardwalk was open even by the time the service ended. The nearest place I could get early coffee was back near the highway (which became one of my favorite bakeries).
This year I allowed myself plenty of time for parking, leaving home at 5:30. (it’s only about 12-15 minutes to get there.) I got an AWESOME parking spot – two places up from the bandstand where the musicians were warming up! It was about 12 minutes before 6:00.
Wait…only 12 minutes until the service? Where was everyone? I walked the boardwalk for a few minutes…it was just beginning to lighten on the horizon.
When I looked at the clock over the Thrasher’s Boardwalk Fries shop, and saw that it was past 6:00, I knew that I had the time wrong.
Last year Easter was later in April.
The sun rises earlier as it gets later in the spring.
If sunrise is later early in April, the sunrise service is presumably scheduled later. DUH!
Ugh. I had to be at my own church by 7:00, and the service at the beach started at 6:30.
...And I had to stop by my favorite bakery to pick up the pie I had ordered.
I enjoyed the boardwalk a while longer.
It was getting lighter, but still dim.
|See how early it was? The moon hadn't even set!|
A little before 6:30 I went back over to the bandstand, where people were beginning to get settled in to worship…with their coffee from I don’t know where.
I was able to sing with them a song or two, but as the sun rose I moved to get a better picture...
|Sunrise over the Atlantic!|
and then I just headed to my car to go, get my pie and a cup o’ joe, and head off to my own church.
|It looked nice, and smelled great, just different from the beach!|