On Sunday, February 14 I saw a group of K-5th graders with paper and pen in hand huddled around this Lenten display at the front of our sanctuary. It was the WorshipArts group drawing what they saw. The following Sunday I saw church member Lonnie Buerge taking close-up pictures of this same display. What follows is the result of these creative projects/souls.
The path followed
the cross considered
The markers on our way
The markers left behind
The heavy stones carried
Speaking of creative projects and souls, here is a recent piece of writing about our Lenten metal cross sculpture from Sue Regier:
“That sculpture was made as a summer teenage Sunday School project. The classes were held upstairs in the church at first, led by Arlie (Regier). Designs of a religious significance were drawn on paper and then cut out to be fitted together. Eventually, the group moved outside to the park to meet. Arlie brought the sheets of steel, the welder, gas cylinders, many pairs of goggles plus other supplies. When the group decided on what designs were to be used, they were outlined on the sheets of steel and cut out by the welder. Students, plus neighborhood folks, all with goggles on, watched as Arlie welded the pieces together to make a sculpture. The welds were relieved of the slag with sandpaper and hammer and chisels. The finish was attained with water. It needed to rust. The final finish of clear automotive top coat paint was applied. This happened during the 1980s. For one summer, rough edges and fire somehow came together for a few young people of The Book.”
-a witness, Sue Regier
I’d say these artists, builders, poets, and writers have already enriched our Lenten season!