You may have noticed that a new set of hangings now adorn the sanctuary. This is part of a plan to replace certain sets of seasonal hangings that have done their faithful service. The green hangings are the most often used of all the colors and needed a rest! You might ask, how does a church go about getting new hangings? We had an American representative of the English company called J-Wippel come for a design session where they looked at current symbolism in our building and then used what they saw to come up with designs for the frontals, chasubles, and stoles. For instance in this picture of the new Altar frontal, the lamb and St. George’s cross is an image representing Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, dying for the sins of the world. It is also a timeless image of healing. If you look at each of our healing prayer stations, what you will find is that symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb, a symbol of new life and recovery. The stoles and chasuble also reflect this image of Jesus as the lamb of God. The hangings over the pulpit and lectern come directly from the mahogany inlay of the cross as well as the cross over the Altar.
We are so grateful to Susanne and Thomas Trainer for their generosity in making these green hangings a reality! We will formally dedicate these beautiful vestments on Commitment Sunday which is also All Saints Sunday (October 30) at the 8am Service. Many thanks as well to Gaby Brown on the design team!