May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Wherever is your heart, I call home

Wherever is your heart, I call home

Though your feet may take you far from me, I know

Wherever is your heart, I call home.

                                    --Brandi Carlile V

If you have attended worship at any time in the past year at Fishkill UMC, you have probably been lucky enough to see how beautiful the altar has been.  We have been fortunate enough to have a couple of people who put together altars that have been visually stunning.  I believe that when the eye can dance around the altar (to paraphrase our late Bishop Martin McLee), worship takes on a deeper dimension for the soul, as well as the eye.

I don’t know why, but the altar for our Easter worship series called “A Place to Call Home” has caught my eyes and heart more than the other altars.  Maybe it is that I have never seen anything as unusual as a dollhouse on an altar before.  Or maybe it was this particular dollhouse.

To me, it looks as though this dollhouse was made for this altar.  It fit perfectly into the nook of the pulpit.  The color of the flower boxes are very close to the color of the woodwork of the altar.  The “Welcome HOME” chalkboard sign highlights the open nature of God’s table.  The flowers, a mixture of white Easter lilies and colorful spring flowers, added another layer to the beauty of the altar.

But the element that touched my heart the most was Easter Sunday, April 5, with the bread and cup of Holy Communion set to the side of the open door of the dollhouse.  If someone asked me to show them a picture of the Christian faith, I would show them the picture of that altar.  The open door of the house next to the Communion elements also reminds me of Jesus speaking to his disciples in John’s gospel: “In my Father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)  To me, that is a picture of home, and of welcome.

My prayer for you this month is that the church may be a spiritual home for you, with an open door, welcoming you in.



Linda Willey