It is exciting to see the progress that has been made this month in the restoration of the Sanctuary exterior.
The first thing you notice is a pair of lifts in the yard, and several trucks parked in the lot and in front of the church. You notice workmen in matching tee shirts focused on making our church look as good as it ever has. Old, rotted boards that held the gutters and the roof are being torn down. New ones are being installed. Window frames and wood trim are being scraped, sanded and repaired, then painted a glowing, pristine white. Years of weathering and neglect are being peeled away to bring back the original beauty of this sacred building, the heritage of Old First Reformed UCC.
Take a moment to admire the clean lines and stately handsomeness of the sanctuary. Then give thanks for the generosity of current and former members, friends, and relatives who have made this restoration possible. Keats said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The beauty of the sanctuary will bring joy to our community and neighborhood long after we are gone. It stands as a sign of God’s presence in Philadelphia for nearly 290 years. How wonderful to be a part of this work of the Lord.