Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ at First Lutheran,
I was in the sanctuary preparing for a memorial service, and holding us all in prayer about our ministry here at First, and my eyes happened to fall upon the painting by Paul Oman, which hangs on the wall by the choir area.
As it was early morning, the sun was shining through the windows, and what stood out to me was that in the center of the mural is the Eucharistic table and Jesus’ outstretched arms.
In John 13:12– 17 we read: After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants - are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
I invite you to ponder this painting and this scripture verse. And as you do, I ask you to reflect on these two questions and share some of your interpretation with council leadership and I.
1) What do you see Christ calling us to be in this time and place?
2) How, as our world begins to turn into a new year, does Mary’s willingness to birth Christ to the world prepare us to also bear witness to God’ promise of hope and presence in our world?
Your sister servant in Christ,
Pastor Rita Augsburger
January 2018 Flame