A sermon built upon clay

A sermon built upon clay

In anticipation of the upcoming Empty Bowls event (see Page B1), Pastor Jim Tweedie of Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church molded his entire service last Sunday around the topic of clay. “Go down to the potter’s house,” was the title of his sermon. He told the congregation he would be “taking you back in time to the Ancient World.” In those times, dinnerware made from clay was treated like paper plates, often thrown away after one meal because they were unglazed and presented a safety hazard. But there are also many other references to clay and potters in the Bible.

During sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, the song “Abba, Father” was sung, the chorus of which announces, “You are the potter, we are the clay, the work of your hands.” Four bowls, made for the Empty Bowls event, were used to hold bread during the communion.

On wood railings, several bowls made and glazed by Long Beach Elementary students and area artists, were displayed.

Local artist Karen Brownlee brought one of her potter’s wheels to demonstrate the process of making a bowl or vessel. With children sitting near, she formed the clay as Pastor Tweedie compared the process to how God works in people’s lives.


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