Pastor Sarah received lots (and lots and lots) of origami cranes from a colleague in Virginia Beach. That congregation folded them for Pentecost last year, after they received some from a congregation in Florida who folded them in response to September 11th. It’s sort of a chain-letter of peace cranes!
Last week several of us got together to put them in the sanctuary at Bethany Pres as decorations for the Season of Creation.
For the last couple of months we have had a rainbow across the congregation.
First we had to bring in the strings and strings of cranes.
and try to keep them from tangling.
Then we had to lower the rainbow (I know you were all wondering how on earth we got it up there in the first place. The secret is revealed)
…and we had to unattach it from the balcony railing…
After almost losing my religion trying to tie knots and swivels on 30+ feet of fishing line, and attaching the cranes to it, they took flight!
Then came a time of adjustment and rehanging after examination from all angles.
Some of the cranes just didn’t fit, so they were returned to storage, temporarily.
They’re fluttering and flying over the congregation bringing the Spirit of Peace to the church.
They’re swooping and flying over the cancel.
The Spirit hovers…
…and some find a rest near the cross…