Mountain Memories from Kamlin Borgwardt and Ron Borgwardt

Mountain Memories from   Kamlin Borgwardt and Ron Borgwardt

Mountain Memories at Holy Trinity

We received this “Mountain Memories” photograph

from Ron Borgwardt and Kamlin Borgwardt

in response to our

Summer Sermon Series titled, “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”


Last year during Holy Week, Ron and his daughter Kamlin went to Yosemite National Park. This is the place that has the mountains that are so spiritually inspiring for us. Standing in Yosemite Valley, looking up at God’s own sculptures — massive monoliths of granite — really makes one realize the power of God and how small we are compared to things that have existed for centuries. For us, the entire park is a natural cathedral with towering steeples of granite that reach up to the heavens. In Yosemite, we feel closer to God than anywhere.

But we were good Christians as well as tourists, we went to church on Good Friday in the small, charming chapel in Yosemite Valley. The pastor there played the guitar and preached a unique sermon about the words Christ uttered while on the cross. The pastor explained Christ’s utterings in ways I had never thought of before. For example, when Christ said, “I thirst,” it meant that He thirsts for a relationship with us—that He thirsts for our love and devotion. It was one of the best Good Friday sermons I had ever heard.

Written by Kamlin Borgwardt

Pictures by Ron Borgwardt



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