Friday, January 11, 2008

What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?

Sunday January 13th has for its text Acts 17:16-34 where Paul addresses the citizens and thinkers of Athens on the Areopagus. It is the text where East meets West. The pillar represents the architecture of Greece with books placed on top that are actually Greek classics from my library. Under the books is a Jewish prayer shawl that was purchased in Israel last fall when MCC made its Israel journey. But next to them both is the strong and tall Christ-candle of hope, transcending both the traditions of Israel and the accomplishments of Greece. He is our hope!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Epiphany Sunday 2008

The first Sunday of 2008 is Epiphany Day, January 6, 12 days after Christmas. The color is white and the theme is light. The plant stand under the cross is filled with energetic branches almost trying to jump out of the base along with papyrus stalks from Martha's garden, with their radiating heads. At the base of the vase is a cluster of olive leaves, pleading for peace in a war-torn world. Come Lord Jesus, Come!