“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2: 4-5)
One of the first things I noticed upon entering University United Methodist Church for the first time in the Spring of 2011 is the patchwork of beautiful limestone that make up the walls of our church building. They were cut from a quarry outside Catoosa and then brought to our present location and laid by church-people during the Great Depression. In fact, when the initial plans were made, the church was going to be constructed by professional stonemasons, but when the Depression hit, the minister asked the architect to alter the plans so that the stone-work could be done by the church people. What you see now, almost 80 years later, is a result of the labors of ordinary people who sacrificed their original ideas and adapted to change and then worked together in difficult times in order to bring glory to God.
When you arrive at University United Methodist today, you will probably meet a few of the descendants of those people who laid the stones to make the church, and you will also encounter the same spirit of adaptability and creativity and sacrifice in the midst of change in order to bring glory to God. Much like the stones in the walls that have many different shapes and textures, you’ll find all sorts of personalities and people of every age in this congregation. Much like the stones in the walls are grouped together in various collections, you’ll find all kinds of groups that meet this or that common interest. But most importantly, as the stones in these walls house the beautiful stained glass windows, you’ll find that the people of this congregation want to make room to let the light and radiance of God shine through our lives. That’s the purpose of what we do. That’s the point of going to church at University United Methodist. And guess what—there’s a place for any shape or age or color or kind of stone in our spiritual house. Come and see!
There’s a place for any shape or age or color or kind of stone in our spiritual house.
As the stones in these walls house the beautiful stained glass windows, you’ll find that the people of this congregation want to make room to let the light and radiance of God shine through our lives.