21 September 2009

Happy to Report

That St. Paul's Voters overwhelming decided to accept a gift from a member of a crucifix for the altar. This marks a return to the architecture of the original St. Paul's Church that similarly featured a crucifix. As our namesake, the blessed Apostle St. Paul, once said: "Before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified" - now when we look to the altar we will see both the crucified Lord upon the altar and the risen and ascending Lord above it. Thanks be to God for the generosity of his people and for the gift of artists who preach the Gospel to us in their creations!

Additionally, the voters approved a new organist who will bring to our congregation the very rich repertoire of historic Lutheran (and other!) organ works: the carollinier, Mr. Carlo van Ulft.

I am truly overjoyed on both accounts. I'm looking forward to our worship this fall and winter!!!

8 comments:

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

I'm very happy for you guys! Congratulations!

Chris said...

So you will have two crosses? One, a crucifix on the altar and another hanging on the back wall? That seems like a conflict of aesthetics, not of theology. I would just go, and this is just mho, with one and leave it at that.

William Weedon said...

Thanks, Dan!

Chris, we have a processional cross sporting the Agnus Dei with banner upon it. We also have had a plain altar cross. Now we will have a crucifix upon the altar, of wood rather than of metal. If you start counting up the crosses, you would be amazed at how many of them there are in St. Paul's sanctuary. I believe they number upwards of 100!!!

christl242 said...

If you start counting up the crosses, you would be amazed at how many of them there are in St. Paul's sanctuary. I believe they number upwards of 100!!!

Truly a "theology of the cross" :)

Many Western churches display more than one cross.

One of the things that attracted me to my current LCMS parish was the crucifix on the altar plus the processional crucifix and a beautiful stained glass Agnus Dei window.

Very catholic, evangelical and Lutheran.

I'm also delighted for your parish, Pastor Weedon. That's great news.

Christine

Jeremy Loesch said...

Pictures?

William Weedon said...

Pictures when it arrives; or you can pull out your CPH catalog and see it there. It's on page 240.

Paul McCain said...

Did you go for the 24" or 30"?

It is a beautiful crucifix.

William Weedon said...

30 inch. Current cross is 26. We didn't want to go smaller.