I am thankful for the power of Worship. I am joyfully surprised by moments when I am deeply moved during the Service of the Word. It being Reformation Sunday the service was filled with familiar hymns. We heard A Mighty Fortress on the organ and sang it as a hymn and as a choir anthem. As a festival Sunday we had choir, orchestra, a processional and a recessional. If that wasn't enough the sermon was fully inspired with much to hear.
It was the words of the hymns and of the liturgy that touched me today. That and being in the new chapel. I could hear the congregation speaking with one voice. The entire experience was a testament to meeting God in worship, the faithfulness of the congregation in building, the leadership of our staff, and the power of architecture. It's not that the building is beautiful. I'm not so sure if it is or it isn't. But, I am sure it's designed to inspire and unite those who come and join the service.
Outside, the newest addition:
I've never seen this on a church before and I'm not quite sure I understand it. It's called a crown of thorns. Yes, I understand the symbolism but I don't understand it's place on the building.