The CTK quilting group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 A.M. in the community hall. We make Baptism and prayer quilts for members of our congregation as they are needed. We also make quilts for our local nursing homes and the Navajo Nation through NELM. This year we are also making new paraments for our sanctuary. If you would like to work on the paraments but not quilt, contact Carol Orlowski at 248-245-3541. If you are interested in quilting, please join us. If you would like to quilt, but don’t know how, join us and we will teach you.
judy_olson @yahoo.com 651-303-8450.
This past year members of the Altar Guild and Piecemakers Quilting Group have collaborated to create new altar and baptismal paraments and banners to enhance our worship experience. So far, 6 sets of paraments have been completed with plans for additional sets to come. Each set has been purposefully crafted following guidelines from the ELCA. As each new set has been presented, an explanataion of the meaning of the colors and symbols has been included in that Sunday’s bulletin. But if you worship online or missed the week that a new set was used, you missed reading that explanation. Therefore, we are reprinted the colors and symbols for you.
The Days after Pentecost: The Tree of Life growing from the Father’s creating hands recalls the tree of life in the garden of Eden, (Genesis1:9) Italso recalls the tree made into a cross on which Jesus was crucified. By His death our sins are forgiven and we receive new life in Him. The words “COME BE MADE NEW” recall Revelations 21:5 where John writes of his vision of anewheavenand earth andGod proclaims”Behold,I ammakingallthingsnew.!The predominate color si green symbolizing growth.
Reformation Sunday: Red is the color for this day as we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s reforming power at work in the church not only in the middle ages but also today. The Luther’s Rose is composed of several symbols that Luther himself used as his personal seal but has come to represent the Lutheran Church globally. In a letter to Lazarus Spengler, written on July 8, 1530, Martin Luther explained what each element of this seal meant to himself.
“Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether your painted seal, which you sent to me has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my thoughts and reason why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart which retains its natural color, so that Imyself should be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us.
“For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural
color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, ti does not kil but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith”(Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a
white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, ti places the believer into a white joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives ( J o h n 14:27). That is why the rose would be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels. (Cf. Matthew 28:3, John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginningof the heavenly future joy,which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite bevond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologian [summary of theology]. Ihave wanted to show it to you ni good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen”
For Al Saints Sunday: The paraments for Al SaintsSunday are solid white.
The color white represents light, joy, and celebration of our Lord. These paraments may also used for other festival Sundays. On All Saints Sunday we remember those who have completed their earthly journey among us. We also recall John’s vision and recounted in Revelations 7 of the saints dressed in white robes who nowappear before the throne singing their praises to our God.
For Christ the King Sunday: Our new paraments for today, Christ the King Sunday, feature a symbol very familiar to us as Christ the King Lutheran Church members, the Cross and the Crown. Onthis last Sunday of the church year we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus.
ForAdvent: The first Sunday in Advent is the beginning of a new church year. The background color of dark blue is used to represent hope. Advent is the season when we anticipate the arrival of the long awaited Messiah and hope for his reign of peace. During Advent we are encouraged to prepare for the coming of God’s Son at Christmas just as the Old Testament prophet Isaiah encouraged the people of his time to prepare themselves for the coming of God’s kingdom in Isaiah 40:3, ” A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight a highway for our God.” Years later, Matthew echoes Isaiah’a quest in Matthew 3 when he identifies John the Baptist as the voice calling to the people of his time
that Jesus is the long promised Messiah.
Our Book Club meets in the Community Hall at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will not be meeting in December but will have a Christmas luncheon.
The following months we will be reading:
January 2023 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
February – We Begin at the End by Chris Whitker
March – Ladies Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan
April – Mesa Verde Victim by Scott Graham. (Scott is a local writer)
If you like to read and discuss books, please join us. We would love to have you.
Judy Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-303-8450.