Home to our traditional services, our Sanctuary was originally built in 1926. Wherever you look, you can discover beauty planned to create an environment that encourages us to worship our God.
We have many symbols of faith in the Sanctuary, from the quatrefoil which symbolizes the four gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to the large marble altar area on which the pulpit and communion table stand. The apron of the table is adorned with hand-carved grape clusters running on the vine. The base of the table is carved to represent sheaves of wheat. Taken together, the grapes and wheat remind us of the purpose of the table, the place from which we are served the elements of Holy Communion. As we leave the table, we see the carvings on the screens in front of each transept and the nave. These remind us of what we are instructed to do as we go into the world and serve our God.
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. -Matthew 25:35-36”
Looking up from the arched windows, you’ll see a wooden frieze where scripture is written in gold, red, and blue calligraphy. On the congregant’s left are the words from Psalm 67 (KJV):
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us." -Psalm 67
On the right are the words from Luke 15:3-5,7 (KJV):
And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." -Luke 15:3-5,7
Even the main body of the Sanctuary, which is called the nave, from the Latin root meaning “ship”, is a symbol of faith. The nave form is that of a cross, with the main body being the cross and the two transepts the crossbeam.