Beautifully Broken: Our Story in Christ
The Good News
How does God respond to the brokenness of his beautiful creation; to those who bear God's image? We recognize that all people are beautiful because they bear the image of God, and that all people are broken in sin. But God did not leave us there. Though we are “powerless” to fix our brokenness by ourselves, God’s response was to resolve our brokenness... to die for us through Jesus. God does this so that we might be reconciled with God himself and with one another.
Music: "Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee" by Gordon Slater, arr. June Nixon; sung by the Chancel Choir
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."