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Give Me That Old Time Religion

As I sit here musing, thoughts arise about the years of my life during which I practiced Christianity, a particular brand of that doctrine known as Disciples of Christ. Every Sunday my parents dropped my brother and I off at the First Christian Church set down at the corner of Morley and Coates Streets in Midwestern small town Missouri. As soon as my bro was old enough to navigate the street on his own he took off to the nearby gas station where he played the pinball machine until just in time to get back to church and be fetched home for dinner. Being the good girl I was then, I dutifully attended both Sunday School and church services.

Easter was such a big deal. Hymns, which remain a fave kind of song for me, were special and dedicated to, well you know who and his miraculous rebirth. There was sunrise service near the edge of a huge lake and that too, remains impressive in its way. My new hat, and pale blue faille coat, went so nicely with my white gloves and shoes, so long ago the only color for that image is in my mind.

In later years my brother (by this time a biker) refused to go to church with our parents, who by then had become members themselves. But, he stayed home and made this great brunch for us all to come home to after the sunrise service. Great food. Leave it to me to remember the food.

In other years we would go to a sunrise service and breakfast combo at a small country church. Food not as good, but it had it's own charm in the simplicity of the sanctuary.

All the old folks who liked to have me attend Easter services with them died; I haven't been back to church since the 80's? We continue to dye eggs and have egg hunts for years, but haven't done that in a while either. I know I could dye eggs on my own, but then I'd have to clean up the mess and it is so much more fun to watch a bunch of kiddos running amok looking for eggs.

Not often, maybe just today and maybe for just the time it took to write this down, I miss the Easter celebration.

Jesus and egg laying bunny rabbits, what a duo...


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Apr. 21st, 2019 06:20 pm (UTC)
I was raised in the same demonetization. My maternal grandparents helped start what is now one of the biggest congregations (in Oklahoma City). No matter where we lived, we found a Disciples church to join. I never hear of it any more. My father's family was Baptist. Between the two, I have a rich and vibrant hymnal heritage which I love. I always make sure I have at least one or two old standards on my swimming playlist.
Apr. 21st, 2019 06:27 pm (UTC)
They are still going strong here in Mid-Missouri, two congregations even. How wild, my father was a Baptist too lol, he later joined the DOC with my mother. I appreciate that you enjoy the hymns. I once spent an inordinate amount of time collecting "In The Garden" by every singer I could find.
Apr. 21st, 2019 06:33 pm (UTC)
One of my all time favorites!
Apr. 21st, 2019 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm no longer X-tian but as a child I sang in the church choir and there were some nice tunes. There's nothing that says you can't sing those hymns you love. Maybe while celebrating the return of spring in the garden.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:22 am (UTC)
Good idea!
Apr. 21st, 2019 07:16 pm (UTC)
I grew up Methodist in the 70s/80s yet my experience is very similar to yours, except my parents went to Sunday school and church services with us. My grandma’s church did a short outdoor sunrise Easter service followed by breakfast in the church basement and I still remember those days vividly. I’ve never been a morning person but for some reason I never minded getting up for that, probably the simplicity of the service and the food. Today my only church going tends to be for a wedding, funeral, or random holiday if I visit my dad.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:24 am (UTC)
There are some great memories from those times, things seemed simpler.
Apr. 21st, 2019 08:34 pm (UTC)
I grew up going to church. Not so much, Sunday School. The best part of church was the singing. My fondest memories of Easter was coloring eggs with my son. And, of course, all the chocolate.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:24 am (UTC)
How could I forget the chocolate? Lol
Apr. 22nd, 2019 03:49 am (UTC)
You look adorable in that picture. I go to church reasonably regularly because I like the community and it is a very liberal and somewhat activist church. The only services I deliberately miss every year are Christmas and Easter. It’s a time when all the people who go only twice a year show up, so I don’t miss being part of the crowd. I go to an early service because I like the old prayer book, but the early service doesn’t have hymns. I miss those a lot.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:20 am (UTC)
Church is a great place to find community.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:31 am (UTC)
What a wonderful photo of you!

I was brought up C of E and we went to Church occasionally. I did love the sing-song service of our second minister because he had a stutter and this was the only way he could get through the service. I don't remember any good hymns, but I do remember the beautiful stained glass windows.

Not long after leaving home I gave up on the church because they wouldn't allow women ministers.

Of course, when I had kids, we did do the Easter bunny thing. None of my children have followed the religion route although I did leave it up to them whether they became believers or not.
Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:31 am (UTC)
Only Easter pic I could find. I love the tiny purse.

Don't know much about C of E, possibly more formal than what I'm used to?

Like you I left the choice up to my kids, none are church goers. The older ones attended Catholic services with their father and that burned them out on religion. The youngest got into Islam, but that lasted only as long as the Islamic boyfriend.
Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:05 am (UTC)
You have such neat old pics of yourself.

C of E was pretty formal and boring.

My eldest loved Bible stories and believed in God and asked for (and got) a Bible for her 4th birthday, but when she hit school and they forced religion down her neck, she gave up on it. The reverse of what they were aiming for!
Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:56 pm (UTC)
I was an only child for 5 years. I have books full of pictures of me.

No religion in public schools here, but I have friends who went to Catholic school and turned away from that as soon as they could.
Apr. 25th, 2019 09:45 am (UTC)
It must have been a surprise when you were no longer an only child!

Yeah, I knew girls in college who turned away from Catholic religion as soon as they could, too. They really made up for it then, too!
Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:23 pm (UTC)
I think traditions like this are more fun and more meaningful with more people. But (where I live, anyway), religion is not a big deal these days. Do you miss Easter hats? I only saw one this year.
Apr. 27th, 2019 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do miss the hats. I am quite a fan of hats.

I imagine that religion has had it's ups and downs in popularity throughout history though I have not facts on this.
Apr. 25th, 2019 04:12 am (UTC)
Beautiful photo, and memories <3
(I always remember the food, too.)
Apr. 26th, 2019 08:22 pm (UTC)

What us it about the food? Lol
Apr. 26th, 2019 11:37 pm (UTC)
No idea ;)
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