Edgehill United Methodist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017

THE BANNERS

 (Designed and created by Karla Kincannon)

 Shalom, Peace

The labyrinth at the center of this banner has been a tool for pilgrimage in the Christian church for centuries.  The labyrinth pictured here is found on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.  Here, it symbolizes that pilgrimage into the heart of Christ; it is the way we close the distance between God and ourselves and between ourselves and our sisters and brothers.  The human figures, done in gold, remind us we are royal.

 

Poured Out for You

This banner tells the story of Jesus' ministry, a ministry to which we are called to participate by the nature of our baptism (represented by the shell with three drops of water).  The baptism of our Lord is represented by the dove.  The feeding of the 5,000 is depicted through the two fish and five loaves; they remind us to feed the hungry.  The hands with the spiral of healing energy in the center call us to participate in Jesus' healing ministry by bringing reconciliation and healing to the world's broken places.  The human figures, dancing at the top of the banner, remind us the Lord of the Dance invites us to a life of love and joy.

 

 The World

This banner represents the diversity of God's creation.  It reminds us that we are not at the center of God's creation; we are only a part of it.  As a part of God's created order we are called to nurture each other in love and to walk in balance on our Earth home, honoring all living beings.  As children of the Living God, we give thanks for the abundance of beauty found in creation and for the very presence of God for others.  Humbly we accept the responsibility to honor all God's creation by the way we live.