Congregational Art for Advent
During Advent we will be making prayer flags to display in the sanctuary. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather prayers are blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion.
We have chosen the symbolism of the snow flake – no two are alike – because as members of a congregation, we are individuals with unique gifts; but we are also all members of the body of Christ. As individual flakes unite to form snow, we also work together to blanket our community with God’s love.
The color of a prayer flag also has a meaning. Blue is the preferred color for Advent, the color of hope. It represents the sky, especially the deep blue of a clear, predawn sky in the hours just before the sun rises in the east. In the “blue hour” before sunrise we can often still see the stars and the moon. We rise from our slumber in expectation and anticipation of what the new day will bring.
Advent is that time in the church of hope-filled and faithful watching for Christ. As we look upward during this season of Advent, may we once again have the childlike delight of following the star of Bethlehem that heralded God’s gift of love; our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please join us after worship in the narthex to make a snowflake prayer flag. It will wake up your inner kindergartener, and maybe provide a bit of pray-filled laughter.
The Worship Team