Greetings Brothers and Sister in Christ,
Someone asked me the other day why baptismal fonts are often octagonally shaped? If you take a look at our font, the bowl in the center is round, but the large white font-stand itself has eight sides. Why is that? Well, first of all, in Hebrew and in many cultures, numbers have meaning and “spiritual” significance, if you will. In Genesis, when God created the world, God did it in six days and rested on the seventh, hallowing that day and making it all complete on this day of rest. The seventh day was to be “set apart” for Israel; the Sabbath was a holy day of rest (Deuteronomy 5:12). The Sabbath day of rest also foreshadowed the need for an eternal and lasting rest not just for Israel but for Gentiles too. And by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on Easter morning, he inaugurated and made possible this new life for all who believe and trust in him. For Christians, Sunday, the day of resurrection, is therefore the “eighth day” and the going under and coming up in the waters of baptism is the sacrament of that new birth. God claims us and makes us his own, and marks us with the cross of Christ forever! That is why baptismal fonts often have eight sides and why the church gathers for worship on Sunday…it’s the day of resurrection! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
The balcony will remain closed for repairs. Materials have not yet arrived and we may do some additional rearranging in our storage spaces upstairs.
Bridal Room Update
There has been some discussion on updating the bridal room in the narthex. For the next few Sundays I’d like to meet with anyone in the sanctuary after church to kick the can down the street and discuss this hallowed, sacred and holy matter. Well, that might be a little strong, but you get the idea.