Sanctuary is a word that means a sheltered or protected place. Under medieval law, it was a religious area where criminals could obtain "right of asylum" while on the run from authorities. Today, a sanctuary is a spiritually consecrated area for worship where believers may also find asylum from the pressures of life.
Here is where we gather to express our gratitude to God through prayers and praises. Here is where we are touched by the presence of God. Technology also enhances our worship. Sermons are accompanied by graphical aids or scriptural texts. We not only hear the Word but see the Word using technology as a powerful worship tool accompanied by the richness of our imaginations.
Baptism is an ordinance of Christ when He instructed the Apostles to ("Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28:19). It is the practice of the Church that we ("Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins," Acts 2:38).
Our Baptistry is located underneath the front of the rostrum at the pulpit area. We Move the pulpit back out of the way, take up the floor boards, move the Altar/Communion Table and then Fill It with water. A glass front makes viewing much easier for the congregation and especially children who are often invited to come forward and learn more about this very important practice of the church.
For the season of Lent, we display a life-size Cross to remind us of the horrific price that Jesus paid to take away our sins. John the Baptist explained the mission of Jesus, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!," John 1:29. While on trial before the Roman governor, Jesus confirmed this holy mission: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice," John 18:37. Many other coordinated Interpretative Decorations enhance our worship experience and spiritual life by highlighting the significance of each season of the church year.
Memories are important to us. We moved to a new location and a new facility in 2002 but we took many things with us such as furniture, Paintings, books, and especially our stained glass windows. They were originally installed as part of a building program of many long years ago. Families had their names commemorated for donating money to that fund. We removed these stained glass windows from the old facility and refitted them into special Light Boxes with fluorescent back lighting to create the effect of Daylight.
Our sanctuary is a place of spiritual asylum from the pressures of life. It is a place where we look to the future and remember the past. Here is where we gather to express our gratitude to God for providing grace to each one of us. We are a people of vision and a people of heritage. We anticipate the future goodness of eternal life and cherish the present means of redemption through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. The word worship comes from the old English word "worthship," and that is at the heart of modern worship, expressing to God how much He is worth to each of us.
Please come and join us for worship this Sunday.