As promised last month I am presenting more information on the Banner’s at St. Paul’s. By now I hope all of those who do computers have had a chance to browse the slide show
I have been working with Sandy August, Betty Kerwin and June Picket to fill in more of the blanks about the banners. Last month I reported that the banner Jehovah Nissi was made by Cathy Dymek. Cathy has corrected me and let me know it was actually made by Margaret Keeler.
The booklet is nearing completion and will soon be available. Until then I would like to show you some more of the 60 or so banners in our collection and perhaps give you a bit of history on Church banners in general.
Church Banner History -
Church banners have a history rooted in scripture itself. Consider Isaiah 11:10 “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.” (New International Version) Banners often served as a rallying point in the Old Testament for the nation of Israel. In Jeremiah 4:6 soldiers were prompted to “…raise a banner (signal) to go to Zion. (NIV) Ancient church banners served as a visible reminder of who you were and your allegiance.
Taken from the French word “banniere” and late Latin bandum, banners are defined as a cloth out of which a flag is made. This piece of cloth often bore a symbol or message for its bearers.
Today our banners which are truly a gift of time, talent and treasure to the church promote church functions and events. They also serve to inspire us and remind us of the scriptures that reassure us that Jesus has already won a victory for us and secured our salvation. A visual reminder and re-enforcement of the message of the day or church season.
Each banner has a message and a story. In the booklet I am preparing I have done my best to present them and do justice to the work that went into each one. I hope that you will take the time to give it a look when the booklet comes out and perhaps also be inspired by them and take more notice of them when in the sanctuary.
My thanks to all those who have contributed in any way. I don’t want to leave anyone or any gift out. I hope that if anyone has a related story or can fill in blanks about any of them that you will get in touch with me.