Our Memorial Garden is designed to be a place for quiet reflection, as an outdoor gathering place for coffee hours or other social events, or simply a place to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
It is a place for celebration, for meditation, and for remembering those connected with the parish as well as others. Experiencing the cycle of the seasons in the Garden, we reflect on the promise of the Resurrection, and we remember that our lives begin and end in God. We come together on joyous occasions too, such as confirmations, weddings and summer services.
The Garden connects us with those whose cremains are interred here, and with those honored by name on memorial pavers and benches. As current caretakers of the Garden, the Memorial Garden Ministry feels connected to these many people. In the pleasure of our shared tasks, whether planting, pruning or weeding, we feel connected to one another, too.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Isaiah 55:10, 11,13