Beautifully Broken: Our Story in Christ
Come Lord Jesus, Come
For the past five weeks, we've been reflecting on the story that God has been writing in the life of our congregation for 200 years. It's a beautiful story of courage, redemption, faith, and mission that we are seeking to honor with our continued faithfulness. We've celebrated the way God has been working through us in recent days, as I believe many of us sense that good work is indeed being done! All this energy, sacrifice, and good work, while wonderful, might tempt us to place our ultimate hope in the wrong place, however. Where do we place our hope in the end? What will the end of our story look like and what does our hope for that ending mean for the way we live today? This is what I want to wrestle with as we conclude the sermon series, "Beautifully Broken."
Music: Purdue Bells, directed by Rhonda Blacklock
"Canticle for a New Day" by Hakes
"Somebody's Knocking at Your Door" arr. Arnold
"Meditation on Beautiful Savior" by Mokelbust
Artwork has the ability to powerfully tell a story. A picture can communicate a message in ways that words alone cannot. For this reason, we are grateful for the opportunity our congregation has to celebrate our 200-year story through a community art project.
Not only does this glass mosaic art project enable us to commemorate our anniversary, it also provides the opportunity to celebrate something even greater. A mosaic is made by redeeming broken pieces of glass or stone and putting them together to make something beautiful. Could there me a more perfect symbol for the Church? The Church is a gathering of broken people, who have been redeemed by Jesus and brought together by the power of the Holy Spirit, to reflect the glory of God the Father. In this way, the art project not only gives us an opportunity to remember our 200 years together, but it also provides a moment to reconsider God's work in and through our lives. As we are working on the project over the next few weeks, we will also be reflecting on the story of the gospel working in and through First Pres Maumee in a new sermon series entitled, "Beautifully Broken."