“Then God said, ‘I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures. for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures.”
Displaying God’s covenant
On the first Sunday of Lent, while Jaymie Chamberlin read Genesis 9 about God’s covenant with Noah being a rainbow and the Rev. Ruth Morrison’s sermon following the same theme, the children of Sunday School offered their own perspective.
Led by Sunday School coordinator Carol Hubbard and helper Mariah Higley, children used squirt bottles filled with colorful dyes to create rainbows, hearts and other imaginative designs in the large snow banks by the front and side entrances to the church.
It was a perfect Sunday School lesson for the children and an immediate reinforcement of the day’s scripture reading for adults when they left the Sunday service.
In her benediction, the Rev. Morrison challenged members of the congregation to spend Lent looking for the rainbows in their lives and sharing those memories each Sunday during our worship together.
To emphasize the rainbow theme of Sunday’s service, Stephen Bither and Faith York performed a special rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” during the Offertory and during the Prelude, organist Gail Parker played a medley of rainbow-related songs, including the always thought-provoking “Somewhere over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”
When members of the church arrived at the Sunday service, they were greeted with another form of a rainbow: water-filled, frozen balloons with colored water inside of each, thanks to the creativity of Chris DeSantis.
Thank you to all who made this rainbow-filled Sunday possible!
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