Oysterville Vespers Begin Tomorrow!

Jun 11, 2011 | 2 comments

     The 34th season of summer vespers services in Oysterville begin tomorrow.  For most of those years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with vespers.  I love it that the church is used on Sundays for religious services and love the feeling of community and fellowship as people gather each week, often filling our little church to overflowing.
     On the other hand, for twenty of those years it has been incumbent upon me to be in Oysterville every Sunday of the summer in order to ready the church and serve as the greeter and representative of the Oysterville Restoration Foundation, official sponsor of vespers.  It has meant that we seldom can be gone or have other plans on summer weekends and that fact often hangs heavily over my head.
     My mother and father conceived the idea for the services in 1977 as a way to utilize the old building in keeping with its original purpose and to raise a bit of money (through the collection baskets) for ongoing upkeep.  They loved the Sunday services and if they felt constrained by being in Oysterville all summer, they never mentioned it.
     When my mother got so she could no longer handle the scheduling, I “inherited” the job.  Gradually, the entire responsibility, including attending every Sunday service in the summer, fell to me.  I, of course, have generously shared those honors with Nyel!
     For the last few years I have made a concerted effort to involve other members of our little community.  There will come a day that I, too, will need an understudy and I don’t have an offspring handy as my mother did!  No one has just leapt into the pulpit, so to speak, but gradually progress is being made.
     Though I have yet to find anyone who will take charge of the scheduling (which is a three-month, January-April, process at best), this year six neighbors have volunteered to oversee eight of the services.  That leaves only four summer Sundays that Nyel and I are actually ‘obliged’ to be in town and in church!
     I’m sure, though, that most Sunday afternoons this summer from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. we’ll take our places in the familiar little building across the street as part of the congregation… but duty-free!  Hallelujah!  


  1. Stephanie Frieze

    You ARE the church lady, Sydney, in the very best sense of the word and the tradition is lovely. I intend to be there next Sunday as we officially begin our summer.

    • Mindy Burns

      You have unwittingly joined the ranks of pastors across this fair country…for the good of the people, in the service of the Lord! Blessings on you!


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