This is a banner I made for the Metro DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for their celebration of the Reformation in 2011. It is inspired by Romans 8: 37, the verse that proceeds one of my personal favorites. It is a processional banner, with words on the back for the viewers to see as the banner moves onward.
I printed on red, gold, adobe, and copper-colored silk. The banner is created in three layers, window screening, five wavy panels of silk, and a large cross of cotton duck appliqued with gold mesh fabric. The design is physically and symbolically for a church in movement. It is easier to process a large banner when the air can move through it. Traditional symbols used in a contemporary format and the mixture of materials suggest change.
I chose this scripture after a rousing Bible Study on a Wednesday morning at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester, VA. This is my home congregation. Those of us who gather at 7:30 in the morning are devoted learners. Pastor Jim Utt posed the question, “What would be better than being conquerors?” I had a very snappy response that morning. And for you, in this moment, what would be better than being conquerors?