Mountain Memories by Karie Lynch

Mountain Memories by Karie Lynch

Mountain Memories at Holy Trinity

We received this “Mountain Memories” photograph
from Kari Lynch in response to our
Summer Sermon Series titled, “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”

This photo of Karie, Maija, and Madelyn Lynch was taken on top of Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro near Morro Bay, CA. Our family loves to spend our vacations hiking and California’s central coast is our favorite California destination because of the beautiful coastline and endless hiking trails.
God’s majesty is evident from the top of Valencia Peak with a 360 degree view of the seemingly endless coastline, rolling hills and valleys, and the Nine Sisters of the Morros (volcano mountains). This hiking day was particularly special as it was a much needed reprieve during the COVID quarantine as trails were closed in Thousand Oaks, but were still open to hikers who practiced social distancing in this state park.


As we have done the last few summers, we are going to depart from the lectionary readings during the summer months and do a special series:
“Go Tell it on the Mountain:  Peaks and People in Scripture.” 


Many of us will not be traveling this summer to places like the mountains due to the pandemic, but we can still travel together through the mountains that we find in the Bible.  Lots of significant things happen in the Scripture when God’s people climb up a peak.  We will explore these stories and what they might mean for us as we go through the summer months.


As we make this journey, we will be asking the congregation to participate by sharing their mountain experiences as well. 
What are the peaks you have visited or seen? 
What story could you tell about that time? 
We invite you to send in a picture of your mountain trip to the church at, along with a paragraph explaining why that trip or image is significant to you. 
These tales of people’s travels will transport us from where we are sheltering in place to other parts of our nation and world.


These pictures and paragraphs will be compiled and show up in our worship videos and perhaps even in a sermon or two as we discover how the story of Scripture weaves together with our own story.
-Pastor Erik