The Rooster


This cockerel stood on top of the original Immanuel Evangelical Church, until it was removed about 1935. The congregation who had it put there did not intend it as a weathervane. This bird was to remind them of the New Testament narrative when Jesus was awaiting trial before Pilate, and he turned with true vision to Peter (who was protesting his loyalty to his Lord) with the words “Ere the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice” (Mark 14:30). The narrative tells the sequence, “And Peter went out and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75). This bit of gospel story will not be forgotten by Immanuel’s congregation. It will be a reminder throughout all the years.The cockerel is made of zinc, and is 24 inches high. It stood on it’s perch for 47 years overlooking the community. During that time, it is believed to have been painted once; and shows some of the holes made by a BB gun’s shots inflicted by the local boys, who used it for their target practice. The Ferguson community for many years dubbed us with the name “The Rooster Church”. The “Rooster” has now found a permanent roost in our Archives Room located in the basement of the church.

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