Last year our congregation hosted the ecumenical Good Friday worship service. Two weeks prior I had this great idea. I didn’t have an appropriate stole for the service, typically the liturgical colour for Good Friday is black or grey. I felt I needed something because my Anglican colleague had informed his congregation if they didn’t attend there would be no Easter Eucharist for them. After all there is no latter without the former. (I just heard the soup guy in my head — No Wine for You!) Those Anglicans have almost as much sense of decently and in good order as us Presbyterians, so I decided I would quilt a stole for the occasion.
I was well pleased with the results and it was completed in ample time.
Genesis 28:10-12 10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Success plants the seeds for other ‘great’ ideas. When the Genesis story about Jacob’s ladder came up in the lectionary I remembered that there was a quilt block named – Jacob’s ladder. Of course, I felt the impulse to quilt another stole, in green fabrics, since the reading occurs during ‘Ordinary time’. I only had a week, and found myself blind stitching on the binding at 6:30 AM Sunday morning. Next time I have a ‘great’ idea, I’ll give myself more time.