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Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Rosenau

MPC Logo

Many Meanings


Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Rosenau

Greetings Friends in Christ,

At long last, here it is the new MPC logo. Although there was not enough time to reproduce it in full color for this issue of the Steeple, we thought it best not to wait any longer before sharing it with the congregation. (Rev. Dr. Rosenau wrote this article not knowing that the new website would be up and active at the time the Steeple was released. Our new logo is the masthead of the new website. ed.) In the coming weeks you’ll see it popping up in a variety of places, beginning with our ad in the local papers, and soon in the Steeple and weekly bulletin.

No single logo can represent any organization’s full identity. Over the course of the project, the members of the Communications and Evangelism Councils, together with the full-time pastoral and program staff members came to believe that the five icons and the overall design of the logo convey in a distinctive way who we are as a congregation.

In order, the five icons are:

  • An open book, representing the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which we believe to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
  • A scallop shell, which is an ancient Christian symbol for baptism. The three drops of water speak of the Trinitarian formula for baptism “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
  • The cross is central to the overall design as it is to the gospel and to the life of faith. It reminds us not only of Christ’s death, but of his call to us all to take up our cross and follow him. This particular cross is made up of rays of light, reminding us to let our light shine. The circle at the center evokes the Celtic Cross which is commonly associated with the Presbyterian Church.
  • The wheat and grapes symbolize the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper. Like the image of the scallop shell, these images appear in the Christ window at the front of the MPC sanctuary.
  • The fish is another ancient Christian symbol. In Greek, the initial letter of each word in the phrase “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior” form the acronym “icthus” (the Greek word for fish). The image of a fish reminds us of the calling of the first disciples, who were fishermen, and the feeding of the 5,000 with a boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fishes. On that day Jesus commanded the disciples, “You give them something to eat,” a commandment which is still being carried out at MPC through our amazing Food Center Ministry.

When you see the full-color version, as above, you’ll notice that the five icons are each framed by a square of a different color (red, green, blue, purple and gold) representing the diversity of our membership. But notice, too, how each of the icons goes beyond the boundary of the square which frames it. The task group wanted to convey by this symbolism that while MPC is a traditional church, it is not bound by its traditions, but is open to God’s newness.

Pulling the entire design together are the three wavy lines that flow across the bottom. The waves evoke the image of a river, and remind us of the River Jordan which the people of Israel crossed over upon entering the Promised Land. That was the river in which Jesus was baptized when he began his ministry. But the wavy lines in this logo are also there to remind us of the MPC’s unique and strategic location near the banks of the Delaware. Note how the rays of the cross form a bridge that crosses the river. From its very first worship service nearly 150 years ago to the present day, MPC has drawn its members from western New Jersey as well as southeast Pennsylvania. Because of our unique location near the Calhoun Street Bridge this remarkable suburban congregation in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has a thriving urban ministry to the poor of Trenton, New Jersey which is just a short walk to the other side of the river. The rays of the cross spanning the river remind us that in our membership and in our mission the light of MPC is a beacon for our entire region.

So there you have it – a fresh look at MPC through our new logo. We’re grateful to Bill and Linda Deeter and graphic artist Laura Pritchard of Deeter USA, in Doylestown, PA for their professional expertise in developing the logo. Thanks to all who worked so hard to bring it to fruition.

The peace of Christ be with you all.

Ron Rosenau, Pastor