Kentucky Church Building Destroyed in Tornado, But Special ‘Last Supper’ Communion Table Survives
A communion table with Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Supper’ was spared even though the remains of a church building in Mayfield, Kentucky were badly damaged when a tornado hit the community on December 10 , killing eight people.
The First Christian Church posted a photo of the special table on Facebook on Dec. 11 showing it covered in dirt and debris from the storm and another image of a small cross statue still standing on top.
“The Lord’s table is untouched,” the church wrote.
The table houses the Last Supper sculpture like a wooden box. Everything seemed to be in good condition, including its front and glass top.
On Wednesday, the church released another photo of the communion table after it was cleaned.
As CBN News reported, the early Christian congregation wasn’t going to let a small thing like a tornado stop them from worshiping God.
Dr. Milton West, senior minister of the First Christian Church, speaks with the damaged church building behind him during an outdoor service Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Mayfield, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey )
On Sunday morning, worshipers gathered amid the rubble that was once their church. The brick building that stood for generations was knocked down in minutes.
Members of three churches whose buildings were heavily damaged in last Friday’s storm gathered for a service in the building’s parking lot, taking communion together.
Bursting into tears, church member Arthur Byrn said: “I was born in this church. My three daughters were married in this… baptized in this church. It’s, you know, it’s more than you can bear.”
Church member Carla McDonald said, “We must rely on our faith, rely on each other and rely on each other, and we will get through this. This city is small, but it is powerful.
As CBN News also reported, there are other powerful symbols of faith and hope emerging from Mayfield.
A cross left standing in the badly damaged First Baptist Church in Mayfield, just behind glass that was blown out, has become a beacon of hope during one of life’s darkest storms.
Perhaps the most moving act of worship captured on camera showed tornado survivor Jordan Baize’s peace as he worshiped after losing everything. His sister was picking up what was left of her house when she heard him playing praise music on his piano – with no roof over his house.
CBN’s Faithwire reported the story of Tommy Jackson who thought he lost everything in the storm, including his wallet containing his ID and credit cards.
But he discovered something deeply important amidst the heaps of destruction: his family Bible – and that’s not all.
Inside the Bible was Jackson’s birth certificate, a form of identification that will be indispensable to him as he rebuilds his life in the days, weeks and months to come.
“The presence of the Lord was watching over me,” he said.
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