Vision with a Magic Touch

A distinguished circle met on the evening of Saturday, September 23rd in Fellowship Hall. Surrounded by a lavish potluck meal, this group continued the vision-finding process for our church. However, you are far off if you thought that this involved a lot of handouts, newsprint and the like.

Instead, the group received two magic wands, wrapped in brocade-like fabric of maroon and gold. At closer sight, these wands revealed themselves as the end pieces of an unfinished banner that needed some work. To this purpose, Joan Fekete and Susan had provided numerous strips of fabric. After a few words of preparation, the group was ready to write vision prayers on these.

Ethel Salamone then guided Joan and Susan in weaving the strips of fabric into the banner. Some of the inscriptions were covered in the process, but they were meant for God and not for human eyes. Here are some of the prayer lines, as they were written by adults and children alike:

Lord, bring us together around the Table!
Lord, help us connect with the world outside!
Lord Jesus, help us to share your peace with the world!
Lord Jesus, help us to pick up our cross daily and follow you!
God, bring passion, enthusiasm, and excitement!
That we can have more fun stuff to do!
Give us love, hope, and faith!
That we should be more like Jesus and love all!
Dear God, please send us more families and kids to play with!
Please protect all your people, animals, and churches!
Help us to do what you want us to do!

Once the banner is hemmed, we will hang it from the balustrade in the sanctuary. May it remind us of the magic all living vision exudes, and may it bring us closer to Christ!
      

 

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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