Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mystery Item Revealed

So, a couple of you have a pretty good eye.  Last week's Mystery Item was indeed the current edition of The United Methodist Hymnal.

As Maria said, "It says HYMNAL, and it's Methodist, because I can see the top of the flaming cross or whatever you Methodists call that. :)"

So, what is that flaming cross?  Well, we commonly call it the cross and flame.  I felt that I could explain it, however, I thought that it might be best to get the information on it straight from the United Methodist website.

"The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia's birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Following more than two dozen conceptualizations, a traditional symbol—the cross—was linked with a single flame with dual tongues of fire. The resulting insignia is rich in meaning. It relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw "tongues, as of fire" (Acts 2:3).

The elements of the emblem also remind us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism's founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God's presence and felt his heart "strangely warmed." The two tongues of a single flame may also be understood to represent the union of two denominations.

The insignia, one with lettering and one without, was formally adopted by the General Conference in 1968 and registered in 1971 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since 1996, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist church has supervised the emblem's use."

As such, I am not allowed to copy the emblem here to the blog.  You can see it on the cover of the hymnal, or follow the link above to see it on the denomination's website.

Have a great Sunday!

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