Mountain Memories from Miriam Nakayama

Mountain Memories from Miriam Nakayama

Mountain Memories at Holy Trinity

We received this “Mountain Memories” photograph

from Miriam Nakayama

in response to our

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


My mountaintop experience happened on September 28, 1974, when I was a senior in college. 

I participated in the first Asian Quarter at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL).  A group of six of us wanted to climb Mt. Fuji.  It’s not a difficult climb normally, but we went after the tourist climbing season had ended.  That meant the little stations with food and water were all closed.  We were on our own. 

We started early on a very windy morning at a motel halfway up the mountain.  It took us 4 hours up and 2 hours down.  I threw a 5 yen coin into the crater. 

For a non-athlete, successfully climbing Fuji has been and will be the event I am the most  proud of accomplishing.  After I climbed Fuji, it became MY Fuji.  Whenever I looked at a photo of Mt. Fuji, I tried to find exactly where I had been. 

Ironically, my first child was born on September 28, thirteen years later.  That was another mountaintop experience I’m also proud of!  I bought a woodblock print in Tokyo with a reflection of Fuji on a gray tile roof. 



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