The Easter season is such a wonderful time of year!Spring is finally in full bloom and the story of God’s love is revealed in the glorious resurrection of Jesus.For us, resurrection means victory over death and darkness.It means new life after having journeyed through wilderness and winter.As God would have it, the Easter season unearths our ability to arise, reinvigorate, and restart our lives whenever we call on God’s name.
The stoles in our Easter collection are meant to draw on the imagery of spring, resurrection, and the love of God made known to us in Christ. This year we've brought back previous designs in vibrant and reimagined fabrics!
Our "New Life in Christ" stole. The fabrics we chose for this stole features subtle metallic flowers that shimmer in the light. Embroidered on one shoulder is a cross with an ascending dove. This stole is perfect for celebrating Easter morning, a wedding ceremony, or any occasion you're in need a stole that has a simple but elegant look. This stole has 2 Corinthians 5:17 on the back collar, a different verse than the rest of the collection. It reads, "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"
The fabric used for our “Easter Lilies” stole is a vibrant, multicolored print that invokes tons of energy and lots of joy! We like to incorporate lilies into our stoles because of the elegance, beauty, spirituality, hope, and life they represent in God’s church.
Our "Resurrection" stole features an array of colorful butterflies. These butterflies symbolize hope and new life. They represent Christ in our midst whenever we gather to celebrate life or pay homage to a life event marking our loving, covenantal relationship with God. The verse on the back reads, "I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
Our "Light and Salvation" stole was inspired by Psalm 27:1, which states, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Fear overwhelms us, our world, and the people who attend our churches. In turn, the stained glass seen on this stole and in many of our churches is meant to inspire awe and calm. Our sanctuaries are meant to bring safety and comfort to God's people. We need not fear when we have hope in Christ. We pray this stole will help enlighten your soul and the people you serve.
Our “Sunrise Over Jerusalem” stole was inspired by Pr. Stacey's journey to Jerusalem with our mom and aunts last April. It features an olive branch sprouting forth from God's good earth and the Spirit of God arising with the resplendent sun/son. The white background fabric has a silver metallic design that also shimmers when the light hits it.
Finally, our “He Is Risen” stole features all the images needed for sharing the story of Christ's resurrection. The path, which carries over from our Lenten "Through the Wilderness" stole, gives testimony to Christ's empty tomb being our sure destination as we journey daily to the cross of Christ. Again, the background fabric we chose for this stole has metallic details that shimmer beautifully too.
These stoles will surely help you share the story of Easter throughout the season and beyond!