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Beline Obeid

A house filled with treasure

December 05, 2013
The Grosse Pointes and surrounding communities have a treasure of beautiful art and learning housed in the stained glass windows which beautify so many houses of worship. Christ the King Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe Woods certainly is included. Art glass has historically assisted people to worship and know their savior Jesus Christ. Congregations have chosen a variety of themes for their windows: from the triune God to events in Jesus’ life to the work of the apostles and saints.

At Christ the King, our forebears took great care not only to install beautiful art glass to the glory of God, but worked to ensure themes of the individual windows unite to tell a complete story: the Gospel of Jesus Christ from man’s fall into sin to his redemption. From the windows above the altar to the windows lining the nave to the last windows one passes when leaving the church, one views how God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ has been handed down to God’s people throughout time, reminding us of the difference Christ has made in our lives. At Christmas, we celebrate the peace and reconciliation we have with God through the birth of his son, our savior Jesus Christ. Celebration of Jesus’ birth becomes far more important to us, even when recalled in art glass, when we are able to see the whole story: how we once stood before God and why our rescue in the Christ of Christmas is so necessary.

Sunday, Dec. 15, our congregation and preschool again present the living nativity as our Christmas gift to the community. From noon to 3:30 p.m., children dress as shepherds, angels and the Magi to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. We join them in singing Christmas carols at a manger on our front lawn. Some of the same kinds of animals will surround us that possibly surrounded the incarnate Son of God when he was born.

The community is invited to celebrate Jesus’ birth with us, then warm up with hot chocolate and Christmas treats in the church basement.

And while you are with us, come and enjoy a brief tour of our nave with its treasure of art glass windows. Not only will you and your children enjoy a community treasure of beauty and color, your celebration of Christmas will become even more meaningful as you recall the treasure of the Gospel — your redemption from sin and your reconciliation with God the Father through faith in Jesus.

Celebrating the treasure of Advent and Christmas with you.

Rev. Boelter is minister at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

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