The St. Paul Bells are ringing again!
For a long time now only one of the St. Paul Bells has been ringing. Thanks to several generous donors all of our bells are ringing again. In the video link below, you can hear the peal we will ring after worship and at celebration moments in the life of the church. During the day, except on Sundays during worship, the bells ring the Westminister chime on the quarter hours and then big bell tolls on the hour.
I am so excited that our bells are ringing again. More good news is that, other donors have offered generous gifts to add more bells so that we will be able to play a song. Once the new bells are installed we will have a dedication to celebrate all of this generosity that has helped us increase our presence on the corner of Bardstown and Douglass.
The presence of the Church is felt in many ways in our world. Ringing of the bells is one simple way of letting the world know that God is in the midst of our lives, every moment of every day.
Another way we are increasing our presence is by relighting the church. During a recent Memorial team meeting one of the members talked about how dark the church is at night. She mentioned how their family was eating dinner across the street and when she looked at the church and it was so dark. “I tell people I attend the church with the three red doors. Is there any way we can light the church?”, she asked. That is all it took for the team to get excited about relighting the church, the large stained glass window out front, our sign and the Mary Martha window. As it turns out, we have fixtures in place so it is just a matter of adjusting timers, replacing bulbs and upgrading a few components. It is a comforting thought that in the dark of night passersbys will see the image of Christ in our windows and be comforted by that glow.
A big thank you to the memorial team and to Jerry Bodine, Ray Fore, and Jim Murphy for all of their work in helping us relight the church. They still are working on the lighting, but we are getting closer to relighting the church as you can see from the pictures below. All this talk about ringing bells and light calls to mind Bob Dylan’s song “Ring them Bells.” (My favorite version is Joan Baez.)
Ring them bells Sweet Martha
For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled
With lost sheep
Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies
See you Sunday, if not before.