I snapped this photo one recent Sunday morning about eight o’clock. The sun was rising and piercing through the blue Alpha-Omega window, its light burst over pews, dusting them with red, blue, green, amber clots of color. It’s a lovely and contemplative moment in the sanctuary. I like getting there before anyone else, the entire silent sanctuary of peace all mine. I’ll tell you what else I like in this picture even though at first, it seems to be that the pew edge is marred that runs along the right border of the photo. Look closely and I think those are finger and hand prints. The faithful have been here. They have sung, prayed, cried, laughed and worshipped here. So even though I had the sanctuary to myself that morning, I was not alone. There was a Church Rise, a community of faith-hope-love that extends for more than a century in this community of faith but part of the church that extends into the far past, even into that upper room where Jesus told his disciples one last time to love one another.
My question to you is, in this first week of a new year, Why would you not enter such a place of peace and leave your prints, abide in the presence of both God and others who are dedicated to loving others as Christ loved us? It’s time. Come on. This Sunday will be another Church Rise. I hope to see you. ~Pastor Bledsoe