You may remember my note from last November when I let you know that the art installation, “An Aramaic Lord’s Prayer,” was leaving our worship space so that it could go to Bethany Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. At that time, I reflected on how we had been held by this prayer that filled our walls. And, I encouraged us, even as we grieved it’s leaving, to leave the wall space open until it became clear what should replace it.
Those empty walls have not been very appealing. There have been a number of times in the passing months when we’ve been tempted to just put up something, anything, because they seem so uninviting, so ‘storefrontish’. They certainly haven’t seemed to hold us like they did when filled with images and words with deep spiritual meaning.
That said, I believe it is because we have not filled that space prematurely, because we have lived with our unsettledness about those bare walls, something has emerged that is just right.
“An Aramaic Lord’s Prayer” is available to return to our walls. We can again be surrounded by this powerful prayer as we worship, sing, prayer and eat together. Those moving images, including the Crab Nebulae, the Heron and the swaying Trees, will again hold us as we study Scripture, and engage in reflection on our life of faith. And this time, we will not have to worry about them going off to some other place.
And here’s why: we have the opportunity to buy this unique art installation. You will be hearing in the next couple of weeks about how you can contribute to the cost of “An Aramaic Lord’s Prayer” by giving in memory or in honor of a loved one. Information will be shared in worship and in a special email so that whether you are here in Fountain Hills or in some other part of the country, you can be part of this wonderful opportunity to surround the worshiping community in Fountain Hills with prayer that has beautiful artistic images attached to it. Those images and the words that accompany them are not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the heart and spirit.
We are so fortunate to have this unique opportunity. It has been worth the wait, don’t you think?