Sunday, November 16, 2008

Worthy of what it contains

Last spring a faithful member of our congregation was called home. It was unexpected even though he had undergone surgery the day before. His wife and family donated his memorial money to purchase new sacred vessels. After my husband had many discussions with various fellow pastors, the widow, and searched endless catalogs, the set was chosen and arrived.

It is simply beautiful. (The picture does not do justice to its beauty.)

A new silver chalice with engraved vines and grapes on the outside and gold-plate on the inside. A matching ciborium with engraved wheat.
New individual trays and glass individual cups (no more plastic).
New glass cruets.
New credence table.

Now my husband has the altar guild set up in such a way that he can use all of the elements during a service and consume what is left. That makes it so much easier for the Altar Guild to clean after the service.

I love nice things. But I especially love that the precious gift of forgiveness, life and salvation found in Christ's body and blood are now served in such beautiful vessels.

1 comment:

Elephantschild said...

Beautiful. What a lovely gift to the church!