Peace of Christ in Hermantown, Minnesota has a beautiful sanctuary of hand-crafted, polished wood – except for the ‘old rugged’ cross hanging on the front wall. It stands out in sharp relief to the finely finished woodwork of altar, pulpit and lectern. What does this mean?
The carpenter who built the beautiful pulpit, altar and lectern also found the materials for the cross at a salvage yard. The cross is built from wood that formed the side-rails of an old garbage truck in Chicago.
This cross stands as a constant reminder to the people of Peace in Christ to cast their personal garbage on the Cross and see it hauled away, out of sight, out of God’s mind, forever. Though we tend to bring back what He has hauled away, the Cross is always there to cart it back to the heap where it belongs.