Sunday, September 26, 2010
A Visit to a Church Supply Store
One floor is entirely Christmas -- every kind of creche or nativity scene known to man (ceramic, carved wood, resin, and plastic). If you love the decorations of Christmas that attest to the story in Scripture and the meaning of the Word made flesh, then this is the place for you. Of course, you find some rather cheeky stuff but most of it is worth an ooh or and aahhhh.
The man entrance has icons, statuary, crucifixes, and crosses. I could have spent an arm and a leg there. If you do not have a decent crucifix in your home, you need to stop by and pick one up. They have every size, made of every material, and for every "taste" (from the realistic to the more symbolic to the colorful to the plain wood). Every home is incomplete without at least one good quality crucifix. Plan to spend between $40-80 (depending upon size) but it is money well spent (considering the throw away stuff we buy at Wally World).
There are books, cds, dvds, vestments, church appointments, etc... All kinds of things to remind of God's House, of the Divine Service, and of the great mystery in which we are privileged to participate in the Sacrament. Where else can you go and find all sorts and kinds of baptismal remembrances for a god child or confirmation remembrances for a youth or a pocket lectionary for the home, or a cd of chant for the focus of the soul at the end of a busy day...
Granted, not everything we as Lutherans might want to see (most of that is available at the bookstore right here in the parish) but a ton of other items inviting and salutary for the Christian home and family. More than is in the catalog and you can see it before you buy it... What a good trip to make at least once!!