Sunday was a day of celebration and marked the official opening of the new church building. The variety of volunteer tradesmen were the guests of honor. Gratitude and goodies were in abundance. It was great to be a part and to help break in the new kitchen.
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. ”Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. John 4:35
The latest report on the new church building: We moved in one month ago. Since then two new committees were formed. I was asked to serve on one of them. The decorating committee! Somebody has to do it, right? Much time has been spent actively shopping, a lot of time shopping. Below – some of our finds.
The rest of the time? Spent making ourselves at home.
Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer 1471 – 1528
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
Works of Albrecht Durer 1471 – 1528
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:50 – 54
Woodcuts by Albrecht Durer, 1471-1528
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:17-20
Featured artist this week, the Biblical illustrative works of Albrecht Durer as described in the four Gospels.
Behold, your King is coming to you, Meek, and riding upon a donkey, And upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ And the disciples went, and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat thereon. And most of the crowd spread their garments in the road; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the road. And the crowds that went before him, and that followed, cried out, saying, ‘Hosanna [save now!] to the son of David: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ And when he was come into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds said, ‘This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee’” Matthew 21
Albrecht Durer 1471 – 1528
Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a fitting day for our fist service in the new building. After much effort and many grueling hours of hard work, our humble, church home is ready for occupancy, even the nursery. God is good. Take a look at the journey: Friendship Friends on facebook.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Psalms 118:26
In anticipation of our church move in, it seemed a good time to spruce up the nursery and pre-school equipment. The last two days provided the perfect weather to take the operation outside.
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leapard will lie down with the kid,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them. Isaiah 11:6
Last April the foundation was just being prepped for our new church home, remember? Glad to report that it’s almost time to move in!
Just a few finishing touches needed…
a final cleaning…
and we’re there.
Hallelluiah, God is able!
I would like to report that I am still standing firm and in faith, I believe I am however, in reality it feels like, even though I’m standing, still terribly sad. I’m not sure if or how to continue with posts feeling this way although, I’ve always tried to be authentic here since I began Joy Studio and I wouldn’t know how to do anything else. I suppose I could just be silent and sometimes… I probably will. So, sadness will just have to be part of my expression, as I expect it will accompany me for some time.
Nearly a month, just shy since my mom was killed but the desire to keep going, to press on (I press on toward the goal… Phil.3:14) has been instilled in me (by dad & mom) and I have learned, we must do this as quickly as possible, even when we don’t want to.
This week, I plan to put the comfort of creating to the test, once again. I have a full understanding that there is no escaping deep sadness in this life but it’s good to allow the healing to begin. My mom would agree. Creating can help. I’ll let you know what results. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and caring comments.
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4