On Easter Sunday not only did we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also welcomed three beautiful youth into our congregation as adult members. These are the words I spoke to them on that joyous day:
We rejoice that you now desire to declare your faith and to share with us in our common ministry. In baptism you were joined to Christ, and made members of his church. In the community of the people of God, you have learned of God’s purpose for you and for all creation. You have been nurtured in worship, at the table of our Lord, in church school classes and you are called to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
After the questions of membership I gave each of them a certificate of membership and a wooden cross titled CROSS OF THE VISION, that were made by a friend of mine. Many of you saw the crosses after worship as they wore them around their necks, and here is the write up about the symbolism of this particular cross.
The Vision was followed by the Magi as they followed the star that led them to the Christ Child. The Vision is followed by those who sit beneath the stars and yearn for that time when the lamb will lie down with the lion in the Peaceable Kingdom. It is the Vision of Five: 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures called the Pentateuch or The Law --- 5 Pillars of Faith in Islam and 5 daily prayers for the Muslim --- the 5th Book of the Christian Scriptures and the birth of the Church and the story of Pentecost.
The Vision comes into focus as it is woven so as to reveal the Star whose life-line is infinite without beginning or end. The Vision is that of the stars of the Drinking Gourd (Big Dipper) and the North Star and the journey to freedom.
The star, carved from Aspen wood, is the vision of hope that makes the soul quiver even as the Aspen leaves quiver as the wind moves through them. The Vision is renewed as the Cross is embraced as a vision of Hope even as the Prophet Isaiah looked to myrtle as a wood that embodied the renewal of hope as experienced in faith.
The Cross of the Vision is the Star that is followed on the path marked with beauty. It is God’s grace that reveals the Star that leads you to your own Bethlehem where your gifts are offered to a world in need. (You can find more crosses by Rev. Woody Shook on www.wooden-crosses.com)
Please welcome our newest members and get them involved in the church!