Our Logo

"Thus says the Lord God:  'I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out.  I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar.  And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest.'"  Ezekiel 17:22-23

Jesus is that sprig that was planted on a high and lofty mountain.  Jesus is the tender shoot that was planted on the mountain height of Israel.  He was planted on Mt. Calvary where his blood ran down the cross and brought new life to you and I through the forgiveness of sins.  We are the branches growing from the sprig or the tender shoot that produce fruit.  God's plan has always been that His church would be a noble cedar which provides refuge to every kind of bird - His refuge.

This truth is found in the Proper Preface for Holy Week that the church has used for hundreds of years.  "It is truly, good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who accomplished the salvation of mankind by the tree of the cross that, where death arose, there life also might rise again and that the serpent who overcame by the tree of the garden might likewise by the tree of the cross be overcome."  Jesus' cross is a tree of life and we are the branches growing from it providing refuge to our neighbors.

Our logo, which was developed in concert with the Design Lab at Longwood University, depicts these ideas.  The tree of the cross is prominently displayed from which we receive forgiveness and life.  The tree of the cross under which we find refuge.  From that cross we receive life so that we grow as the branches and leaves of God's church that share His refuge with our neighbors.  The leaves can only share refuge as long as they receive sustenance from the tender shoot.  So the logo depicts the leaf's veins delivering sustenance from the tree of the cross just as the church shares forgiveness from the tree of the cross and becomes the noble cedar God has always intended!