Sunday, December 31, 2006

Purple Rainbows.....

I hereby dub this scarf the purple rainbow....

It's my first finished lace piece (I have a different scarf I'm working on for myself that is set aside). I'm rather proud of it. Every 6th row, you wrap the yarn around the needle 4 x and pull it through, then in the next row, you pull those out so that they are long, criss-cross 4 over 4, and then knit them into place.... I was thinking, when I cast on, that I wanted it to be loose and flowing, so I did a long tail cast-on, but when I bound off, one side was very structured, while the cast-on side was very loose, giving it a rainbow arch. Shouldn't be a big deal since it's draped over the neck, anyway! Living and learning.

Happy New Year everyone!!!
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Why I Haven't Been Blogging

From Christmas kni...
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Fortunately, it's Epiphany knitting....not really Christmas knitting.....

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Windows of Zion

Request for Windows.....

Since I mentioned how nice I think our windows are here at Zion, I've had requests to post them. I only took the ones that are in the sanctuary itself, and the last 4 are in the narthex, side by side. We have more up in the balcony, but the light was shining through them, and the pictures didn't take well..

...and one thing that won't photograph well, is that above the chancel, we have as steeple that is stained glass. It doesn't really reflect on the chancel, but at night it shows out to the town...It really is pretty.

Here's the link, just click on the picture. I hope you enjoy. They are a mosaic style, which I love.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ok, this was my backyard the day that terrible storm last week was supposed to hit. After the terrible storm, just imagine it a little more muddy.

It's unusual for the grass to still be green. Usually its yellow by late August. But its continued to rain weekly this year, and it has been unseasonably warm the last month or so.

So, a little late, but this is it this morning. More just started to come down. The mean old weather man is threatening 1-3 inches (which means .25)

There may not have been much snow on the ground, but it was enough to make Maggie happy this morning!

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

In the Presence of Christ
Our church building is fairly modern. It does not have as its inspiration the beautiful cathedral churches in Fort Wayne such as St. Paul's or Redeemer that fill me with awe. But in its more modern architecture, the builders were careful to retain classical Christian representations, and the windows have filled me with awe many times (we've always been blessed to be at
churches with incredible windows). But for the most part, the building, the decor, etc. is simple and straightforward, with a few surprises (kind of like me....)

Last night, before the sermon began though, I found my attention completely absorbed by our chancel area. It was the first service with the tree set up, and for the first time, I became very aware how every aspect that was up there spoke so clearly of the presence of Christ.

At the foot of our tree, next to the lectern is the manger scene (a little blurry here) . Right now, it is simply the stable with a few animals. As Advent progresses, the stable will continue to have new arrivals until on Christmas Eve, it will be complete with the holy family and the shepherds. On Epiphany, the Magi will join them. But what caught my attention was the tree. We don't have Chrismons, instead, the tree is entirely decorated with angels. At this moment, it in perspective with the star overhead and the angels literally covering the tree, it truly reminded me of the whole heavenly host filling the sky. But not only that, it also reminded me of Christ's presence in the Old Testament promise, in the dream of Jacob's Ladder..

And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth
with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants shall also be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you
and in your descendants will all the families of the earth be blessed. And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." And he was afraid and said "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven."
I'd never really thought deeply about how strongly this promise describes that baby in the manger and all the things around the chancel area. From the stable and the angels, my attention went immediately to the processional cross...a crucifix. The reason why He came in the first place. From that, to the resurrected Christ on the wall against the blue backround, reminiscent of the sky. Interestingly, it is impossible to tell if Christ is ascending or returning in glory. The communion veil, depicting a single candle against the deep blue background of Advent, reminds me that Christ is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome. Underneath, are the elements that with His word, will soon become His very body and blood, shed for me for the forgiveness of sins. On the lectern is the oil lamp reminding us of the bridegroom coming, and that we are the bride waiting, and our light is fed by the blood He shed. The eternal flame to the side of the tree reminding us that He is with us even now.

My attention is not usually absorbed so completely by visual elements. Sounds, words usually have a stronger effect on me. Tonight, I was awed by the magnitude and the simplicity.
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