Noah’s Ark In Parade
One of the Vacation Bible School projects at Faith Lutheran Church in Coloma was to have the children participate in the building of a float for the Glad Peach Festival Parade in town.
It was decided to build a float in the shape of an ark resembling Noah’s Ark. Seeing the ark in its building stage led one to appreciate the work that Noah himself must have gone through in order to build such a massive vessel. The actual building of Noah’s Ark was an amazing feat as God led Noah to persevere to complete the task the Lord set before him.
Just as Noah, his family, and representatives of all species of land animals were saved by that ark and by God, so we too are saved by God through water: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5). It is by God’s grace alone that Noah and his family were saved. So we too are saved by God’s grace and not by our works.
Through bad weather and setbacks the float did get built by the time of the parade on Saturday, August 5th. Many of the children got their faces painted to appear as animals and rode on the ark. The pastor posing as Noah followed the float (ark).
Praise to God who enabled us to accomplish such a project and to enable us to spread His name abroad. We pray that the Lord would bless all our mission opportunities in this country and in foreign countries.
(Submitted by Pastor Matthew Gurath at the request of his congregation, Faith Lutheran, Coloma, Michigan.)