I know we are not supposed to tie our hearts to temporary things when they so easily can become objects of idolatry. But on the other hand, we cannot always be so brain-oriented. The entire idea of holistic worship began in response to this need. And so I claim: Yes, even a physical sanctuary with all its mortar, wood and stone, can serve as anchor for the soul.
Take a moment then and study this picture of our future worship space. It offers a rare view from above. Soon, the separating wall to Dina’s Dwellings will be closed and photographs like this one will become impossible.
So what do you see? Obviously, a lot of dust caught on the lenses of my camera and on the ground. You can also see the organ console moved out of the way and one of the tarps that are covering the shudders to the pipe chambers.
And then there is this roughed-out framing that will soon be covered by the new sanctuary floor. In the past, we had nothing but a small crawl space beneath the sanctuary. Now, there will be all these rooms. A pessimist who sees this as a sign that we are losing our rootedness in the ground! Theologically much more interesting is the perception that here, in the new sanctuary, we will be carried by the life beneath.
But there is more to the picture. The rounded lines of the pews seem to promise a certain feeling of intimacy and of being at home. The way they are arranged makes it clear: The worshippers will be called to be an interactive group rather than an audience of individual listeners.
And so the choice of colors and fabrics has become a group process as well. Officially, Consistory has referred the decision-making to the Liaison Committee, but with the understanding that the doors of that meeting will be open to Consistory and other interested church members. The picture shows several choir members during a sneak preview. If you are interested in these questions, please join the meeting of the Liaison Committee on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will include a construction site visit.
With fond wishes,