Mountain Memories from Sally Johnson

Mountain Memories from Sally Johnson

Mountain Memories at Holy Trinity

We received this “Mountain Memories”

from Sally Johnson in response to our

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



Mount Rainier, a constant part of my early life, was like a childhood friend. At 14,410 feet, this dominating volcanic peak is part of the Cascade Range. It was originally named Mount Tahoma (Spirit of Water) by Native Americans.


The Mountain was twenty miles away and in prominent view from my family home. It was a major part of the environment and integral part of our lives. Daily we looked outside the window to answer important questions. Is the Mountain out? (Meaning, can you see it or is it raining?) What color is the Mountain today? (Because if it’s amber, it’s going to warm up or if it’s blue, it’s going to get colder.) Where is the cloud cap on the Mountain? (Because that could tell you how many days ‘til it rains again.)


We roamed the area around “The Mountain Highway” picking wild mountain blackberries and huckleberries, filled gunny sacks with fir seed cones to sell for $5.00 per sack to the local Seed Mill (even became part of my college tuition!). We fished the Nisqually River fed by the Mountain glaciers for trout.


Since Larry and I met at and graduated from Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, we are both thankful to have had the blessing of life near what’s also been called, “The Mountain Blessed by God.”

-Sally Johnson







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.