12.30.2012 - 12.30.2012
First Sunday of Christmas dawned in a clear sky as we arrived in St. Thomas. The sun rising from behind the hills of Charlotte Amalie cast a slow progression of light across the bay.
Work never ends for the crew.
A zoomed-in shot from the ship of the Frederick Lutheran Church, our personal destination for the day.
It was a nice walk from the pier into the town.
We arrived at the church after the service has started, but we were warmly greeted and ushered into a box pew in this sanctuary that had been completed in 1793 (G. Washington had just begun his 2nd term) but was gutted by fire in 1826 and then rebuilt.
Founded by the Danes in 1666, Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church is the third oldest Lutheran church in the Western hemisphere.
The music and congregational singing was inspirational! The pastor added his talent with the soprano saxophone to the music offerings.
After the service we were invited to join the congregation in their Christmas Dinner, which was held in the Bethania "Mission" Hall. The celebration included musical entertainment. We were invited to perform as well!
Great food - I know, I know - more food when we are on a cruise ship? But this was local and yummy!
It was a pleasure to meet and visit with the pastor and his wife.