Sanctuary Banners

Have you ever wondered what our sanctuary banners represent?  We look at them each week during worship, but maybe we don’t see or understand the creative symbolism in them, which display the glory of God.

Not long ago, Pastor Jump presented a series of sermons about The Great Ends of the Church as stated in our Presbyterian Book of Order.  The 6 banners that hang along the window side aisles, describe these ends, which point us toward our Christian mission:

~ The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;

~ The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;

The maintenance of divine worship;

The preservation of the truth;

The promotion of social righteousness; and

The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World.

The banners were made by former long time member, Mikie Lancaster, who is an A+ seamstress.  If you cannot identify each of the banners, take a peek at the back corner for a brief explanation.

Facing the front of the sanctuary, we have 2 banners, designed and made by Lynne Brock.  The left side banner describes the 4th verse of ‘Amazing Grace’—“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.”  Purple represents royalty; the yellow half circle is the rising sun; the X with the bar is the Roman numeral for 10,000; green is everlasting; all hanging together on a red cross representing the blood of Christ, shed for us.

The right side banner is liturgical in nature.  The 3 panels and the triangles represent the Trinity; circles are wholeness; again, the colors are green for everlasting, gold for the glory of God, white for purity and red for the blood of Christ.  These panels hang on a green cross. 

Our thanks go to Mikie and Lynne for their time and talents to beautify our sanctuary.  Contemplate what you see and the meaning behind this art (but not during the pastor’s sermon!)


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