I like that it's all different lengths....and wrinkly, just like us :) This won't be up for long- Ash Wednesday (and the beginning of the Lenten season) is FEBRUARY 14TH this year! I can't remember when it's come so soon in the year.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Each year our small group helps with a service of hope, held on the winter solstice ( also the shortest day of sunlight- especially here in the great Pacific Northwest!) it's just a beautiful, peaceful, hope filled time of song, readings, candle lighting and prayers for anyone who is seeking a little quiet time in the hustle or heartbreak of the busy season....Christmas can be really tough on folks who have lost a loved one, job, marriage, etc. We do still manage to have a few upbeat, rocking songs :) I took this picture of the altar with all the beautiful candles on it, but also with the new nativity set our worship minister made this year.......I absolutely love how the manager is lit up- Christ the Light of the World!
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Monday, October 30, 2017
yesterday we commemorated the Reformation's 500th anniversary at church. it's actually on all hallow's eve.......but that's how we roll. this is the amazing backdrop that our worship team leader/education/etc. etc. guy built for the occasion. it's made from construction foam carved and painted to look like the Wittenburg castle doors that Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis (grievances with the way things were going in the Catholic church) on. i'm sure i just made some of you shudder with my sentence structure there....heh heh. it also made for a fun 'photo op' for families after the service :) thankful that God used Luther to open the eyes of the world to the fact that we are saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone....not by anything we do, or buy. we were challenged by Pastor to think of all the ways God has reformed our lives too. happy reformation day!
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Friday, September 15, 2017
....also lovingly referred to as "green season" :) I went quite a bit smaller this time- our green Paraments have lots of gold in them, so I went with a combo of both colors to coordinate with them. I like it.......unfortunately the new fire inspector does NOT. We went from a 100% rating last year (thanks to my hubby's hard work as chairman of the property board) to having four pages of things she wanted fixed! And we had not changed a thing over the past year.....we ARE Lutheran, after all!) Funny, I've been creating Sanctuary art for over 30 years, and I've never ever had an inspector 'flag' it as hazardous until now. I think it's maybe because she's 'new' and trying too hard. We may appeal. I'd sure hate to think that this might be my last "jellyfish."
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Monday, June 5, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
So bright and lovely :) the white 'gauze-like' fabric represents the linen cloths wrapped around our Savior's body.....the brightness of the rest celebrates His Victory over death ! There are some tiny mirror tiles draped around in places that really sparkle when the lights hit them just right. And if there's such a thing as 'sentimental' fabric....this is chock full of it....the white was donated by a church member's family years ago after she passed....probably a 20 yard piece. The colorful strips are 'left-overs' given to me by one of our quilting ladies- she had to trim down one of her creations! Yes, please and thank you! And this year I added some pastel ribbons that were donated from our youth- leftovers from their banner from the National Youth Gathering last year. I love that we Lutherans never throw anything away......
And this is our beautiful Festival of Flowers cross ( I have to remember to get the 'before' photo next year! It's quite ugly to begin with :) ) A longstanding tradition for us....people come up during the service and adorn the cross- then afterwards they take lots of family Easter photos in front of it. It warms my heart to see the next generation taking the same pictures they took when they were little. God is so very, very good! AND HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!
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