This beautiful hand carved lindenwood sculpture serves as a focal point in St. Peter's sanctuary. Generously donated to St. Peter Lutheran Church, it contains a variety of symbols of our Christian faith.

 

The key symbolic element in the sculpture is of course the cross itself, but there are several other important Christian symbols visible.

 

· Holy Baptism is represented by the flowing water near the bottom.

 

· The Holy Spirit is pictured as a dove, reminding us that at his baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove. The gold "halo" around the dove's head (called a nimbus) is a sign of the holy presence of God.

 

· The burning candle reminds us of the description in John 8:12 of Jesus as "the light of the world," the one who lights our way to life.

 

· Similarly, the golden rays behind the cross witness to Jesus as the "Son of Righteousness," reminding us of his resurrection.

 

· Finally, the cross within the cross — looking somewhat like the letter "p" — is in fact a representation of two letters of the Greek alphabet, "chi" and "rho." In the Greek language, they are the first two letters of the title "Christ." Over the centuries, the chi-rho symbol has become a symbol of our Savior. On this particular sculpture, the loop of the chi also resembles a shepherd's crook, reminding us that Jesus is also our Good Shepherd.

 

Perhaps you can see other signs or symbols in the sculpture. Look carefully at it to see what you discover!

Feel free to share your thoughts about this sculpture with any of the congregation's leaders, or with the pastor.

Regular Worship Schedule

 

Saturday Evening

4:30pm

Traditional Worship Service

 

Sunday Morning

8:15am

Contemporary Worship

 

9:20am Fellowship,

Sunday School, Confirmation, & Adult Forum 

 

10:30am

Traditional Worship Service 

 

 

 

 

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-5:00

Friday

9:00-1:00

 

Men's Bible Study meets the third Saturday of the month to discuss the lectionary readings for the week. Our next meeting is on Saturday, January 19th   8:00am.

 

Men's Breakfast normally meets the last Saturday of the month. Our next breakfast will be  Saturday, January 26th   8:00am.

Senior Fellowship Lunch meets on the third Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All "seniors" are welcome. Our next gathering will be January 18th 2019.  Please join us and bring a friend! Contact Jim Daack for more information at (563) 583-0860.

NEW Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke meets twice a month. Our next meetings will be Wednesdays: Jan. 2, 16 and 30  at 5:30. All are welcome!

 

Women's Bible Study will  meet again in the new year. Date and time TBD. 

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