Paul W. Meier, pastor of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church, Benton, Ky., shares this project for families and members of all ages.
opened their eyes wide as they entered our sanctuary Easter morning. A
three-foot long cocoon had erupted in the corner of the chancel, and
200 butterflies danced joyously above our heads as we sang “Jesus
Christ Is Risen Today.”
the transformation we encounter on Easter morning, paper butterflies
hang throughout the sanctuary and perch atop light fixtures at St.
Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church, Benton, Ky.|
To demonstrate the transformation
we encounter as people baptized into the body of Christ, we began with
a cocoon. Chicken wire wrapped at the juncture of several tree branches
supported the cocoon. Strips of newspaper dipped into a flour-and-water
mixture were placed over the wire skeleton. After it dried we
spray-painted the cocoon a natural tan color.
Prior to Ash
Wednesday, volunteers placed the tree in the chancel. Next to the tree
we put a wooden cross of equal height, hanging a crown of thorns at the
crossbars. We positioned a large painting of the Crucifixion behind the
tree to support the image of death and temporary placement of our
earthly body in a tomb. A lamp on the floor cast shadows from the tree
onto the picture. Sunday bulletins provided hints about the
We found a pattern for the
butterflies. A copy machine expanded the size of one wing to fill an 8
1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. Interior openings were cut according to
the design. The skeletal framework was at least an inch wide throughout
the wing structure. Placing two wings side-by-side completed the
design. For stenciling, a pattern was cut from poster board.
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