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"Great Ends of The Church
This series of 6 banners was created for and
donated as a gift to The Main Street Presbyterian
Church of Petersburg, Indiana.|
They were presented via processional one a week
from Easter through Pentecost Sunday, combined
with a sermon series by Pastor Cynthia, and
will continue to hang in the sanctuary.
The power that Jesus Christ has vested in
His Church is exercised as a dispensation of
mercy for building up the body of Christ so that
the great ends of the Church may be achieved,
that all children of God may be presented
faultless in the day of Christ. Each of the
banners in this series has special meaning
depicting what it means TO BE the
Church. A dove, representing the
community of the Holy Spirit appears in
Each banner is 2' x 7'.
This first banner is
"The proclamation of the Gospel for the
salvation of humankind." On the
banner, the book represents the scriptures from
which a dove arises. This indicates the
source of both the original witness and the
present understanding. The same spirit
that inspired the original writers enables us
to receive the gospel. The cross behind
the book and the dove reminds us the heart of
the Gospel is Jesus Christ, God with us and for
The second banner|
"The shelter, nurture and spiritual
fellowship of the children of God," has
multi-hued hands representing all of the children
of God. The dove's wings are tipped
downward, sheltering the people of God. The
triangle of light links the dove to the
This third banner is entitled,|
"The maintenance of divine worship". The
chalice, a reminder of the trinity, represents
the Lord's Supper while the three drops of water
represent baptism in the name of the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit. The dove reminds
us that the same Spirit is present in these
sacraments as in the proclamation of the
gospel. The sacraments enact the
gospel. The raised arms signify our
response of praise and thanksgiving ~ our worship
of the living God.
Banner four is|
"The preservation of the truth." This
banner represents the light of truth shining in
the darkness. The dove reminds us that the
truth we proclaim to the world is the gospel of
Jesus Christ, God with us and for us. "The
light shines in the darkness, and the darkness
has not overcome it."
Banner five is|
"The promotion of social righteousness."
This banner represents Amos 5:24, "But let
justice roll down like waters, and righteousness
like an ever flowing stream."
This sixth banner is|
"Exhibiting the Kingdom of Heaven to the
World." The dove is in flight over
the earth, carrying an olive branch, echoing
Genesis 6:11: "And lo, in her mouth a
freshly plucked olive leaf," so Noah knew that
the waters had subsided from the earth."
This represents the eighth day of creation, God's
grace coming into the world, the reign of God
proclaimed by Jesus Christ. The light
rising behind the earth represents the dawning of
Great Ends of the Church s, commissioned for a church located
in Atlanta, GA
|Banner Review &
"When the banners arrived, carefully packaged, I
couldn't wait to open the box. What I found was
astonishing: six incredibly beautiful banners,
each of them unique works of art, in an amazing
assortment of fabrics and needlework... There are
banners... but these were much more than
banners. They were visual expressions of a
personal piety, as well as our collective
Presbyterian theology, that spoke directly to the
creative mind. They were visual sermons.
They were, as so many others have said, a true 'labor
of love." We are all so grateful for providing
our church with this gift, which is generous beyond
words. They have become welcome aids in
meditating on the beauty of God's love for us, and
our call to be co-creators with Him. Thank
"The banners are magnificent."
"Looking at these banners at the front of our
sanctuary actually 'colors the soul.' They make
me feel 'God is present here.'"
"The banners have added such beauty to our
"Thank you so much for the points of inspiration you
have provided our church. It's like having six
new stained glass windows, each giving us a different
insight and perspective to God and our faith."
"Each Sunday as a new banner would be brought down
the aisle, I would look forward to seeing the vividly
bright colors and the creative style of each
banner. Your beautiful banners have added such
recognition of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's
significance in our lives."
"It was very exciting - anticipating the appearance
of each new banner as it was carried in. The
symbolism is so beautifully presently."
"We were so impressed by the quality and beauty of
the banners you gave to the church."
"They are very moving and add so much to our
church. I see something different each time I
The banners are a wonderful addition to the beauty
and decor of our church. When they were
presented on a weekly basis and hung in the
sanctuary, we thought they couldn't be better from
one week to the next, but they were!"
"They are just SO beautiful! And they look like
they were an original part of the plans for
liturgical vestment of the space!"