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Written by CGUMC   
Saturday, 11 October 2008

The beautiful morning of May 1, 2005 turned out to be the Sunday we moved into our new church. The Gospel lesson that day was from John. As Jesus comforted his disciples, we are also comforted by these beautiful words:

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4

The three main parts of the new building remind us of our relationship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • God gathers us.
  • We are called to fellowship and service.
  • We are called to teach and learn.
  • We are called to worship.
  • Worship is central to all we do.

Look for these symbols of our faith:

The windows are clear, connecting us with God's creation, and reminding us that we have a responsibility to care for the earth. In the windows we can see the cross, the fountain of life, and the ten commandments.

In the sanctuary, the old covenant is represented in the ten commandment symbol on the side of the pews, and by the symbol of the new covenant, the cross. The cross is the focal point of the altar, at the center of the stained glass window, and on the chancel furniture. The symbols in the stained glass window tell the story of our salvation.

The dormers let in natural light from above, reminding us that Christ is the light of the world, and that he calls us to be his lights in the world.

The Communion Table is central. It is a reminder to us that by God's grace in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as celebrated in Holy Communion, we are united with Christ to be His Body in and for the world.

The baptismal font reminds us of our primary identity, and of our initiation into Christ's holy church. By our baptisms, we are made children of God, given new birth through water and the Spirit.

The Scriptures are read from the lectern, reminding us that this is God's word to us. The pulpit is where the good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed.

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