At the time I am writing this the Sanctuary update is not yet complete. However, I just had to write this month about a couple inspiring experiences hat have happened during the updates.
The first was seeing the tile floor under the red carpet. This was the original floor that members and visitors of or church walked on a long time ago...seeing it and walking on it I felt closer to the church, more connected to all of you because I saw and learned more about your history here at Centenary.
Second, with the new neutral paint colors, I could not help but notice how brilliant the colors of the stained glass windows now look as the light of the sun penetrates and cascades into the sanctuary. Those stained glass windows shined down on our past; on that original tile church floor and then the red shag carpet we had for years. Now, that same light shines on our present with the new carpet, paint and pew upholstery...and it will shine on our future as a church. Those stained glass windows have now become almost a metaphor for God's grace in that the beautiful colors and light that shines through is actually a connection to our past, an anchor to our present and a conduit to our future.
This is exactly why we get together every weekend to worship God. This is exactly why we have Sunday School, Food Pantry, Pasty Bakers and Youth Group and all the other ministries, events and projects here at Centenary UMC. So that all of humanity can learn the historical story of our relationship with God, connect with that story through the Christian community offered to us now in Christ, and become part of that story by becoming part of the future God promises us as beloved children of God in the Kingdom of God now and forever.
I pray when we have our first service in the new sanctuary that those stained glass windows inspire all of you like they did me. Furthermore, I pray the grace of God, like the light shining on all of us through those windows, permeates every part of us as Christians and as a church, as a Christian community...and inspires us to love God, love others and make disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing that story and inviting others to become a part of it, too.
In the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,