Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Paschal candle at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio
The cross and tree design are taken from the church logo. As the body of Christ, the church is living, growing, and strong like a mighty tree. However, at the center of all we do is Jesus Christ. The sun overlooking the candle represents the light of Christ. John writes "[The Word] was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people" (1:2-4). Near the bottom of the design is a representation of the baptismal waters. The three-fold nature of the water reminds us that we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This baptismal nurtures the church, like a tree planted by water. The verse at the bottom is a paraphrase of Jeremiah's words: "[Those who trust in the Lord] shall be like a tree planted by the water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit" (17:8). Even in the midst of challenge, adversity, and injustice, the church stands strong nourished by waters of baptism.