St. Peter’s Fireside

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I wanted to take a moment and introduce St. Peter’s Fireside, a fledgling church nestling itself in Vancouver BC.  Based on John’s gospel, the story this church calls it’s foundation is in two parts.  In the first, John details Peter’s denial that he knows Jesus three times.  The second shows Peter literally scrambling out of a boat and paddling like a Labrador Retriever towards his friend, his Savior, where he receives a warm welcome and healing.  This new church has been on my mind lately because I am going through my own transition between firesides, from denial to healing. What I love about this church is the Spirit moving within it, shown especially through adherence to the calling that Julia and Alastair Sterne hear, even if it means leaving the comforts of “home” and creating a new one.

Every movement has a message, one that can be promoted through words but even more evocatively through visuals.  And I absolutely love the symbolism Julia and Alastair have brought into this representation of the body drawing together up north.  I’m seriously considering this as my first tattoo.

The guiding concepts within the logo are:

  • The flame which represents the two fireside scenes in John’s gospel (John 18:15-27; John 21). At the first fireside, Peter denies Jesus; the second Jesus reconciles Peter to himself. As a community we come to Jesus broken and we find grace, acceptance, love, forgiveness and the beauty of God.
  • The dove represents the Holy Spirit. After Peter is reconciled to Jesus, he goes on to Pentecost where the early church is birthed and receives the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). The same Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove. As a community we want to be people who yield to, and rely upon, the empowering presence of God the Holy Spirit.
  • The letter f . Clearly, ‘f’ is the first letter of the word fireside. In a way, emphasizing this letter focuses one on the word ‘fireside’, on the event itself instead of Peter. As a community we will recognize that we all have our own stories, our own firesides, and that our stories place a vital role in understanding our place in God’s story.
  • Finally, and this is a bit of a stretch, our mark makes an abstract cross. Peter denies Jesus as he heads towards his crucifixion. It is because Jesus went to the cross and resurrected that Peter can encounter him at a second fireside. As a community we want to recognize that the cross is central to this narrative, and our own lives.

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