The divine and the humorous come together at St. Mark’s Columbus!

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The divine and the humorous come together at St. Mark’s Columbus!

By Mark Conrad, St. John’s, Lancaster

My wife and I visited St. Mark’s Columbus on February 9, which happened to be the day of their annual parish meeting. So the food at the coffee hour was more elaborate than normal. My initial impression was of the divine; I felt that the sanctuary really invited you into the presence of God. The walls had Stations of the Cross displayed in simple but beautiful artwork. The station was noted with a tile, engraved with the name, and holding a single candle; the accompanying picture was a line drawing that I found very effective.

But this congregation also has a great sense of humor; I found some artwork in the bathroom titled “The Great Commission Revisited,” which had Jesus saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, developing task forces and strategic plans, and surveying the congregation in order to craft a succinct and memorable mission statement easily communicated on bumper stickers, website home pages, t-shirts and coffee mugs.”

St. Mark’s reminded me that the divine and the humorous are both from God and can both have a home in our hearts and our churches.