A PLACE OF REVERENCE
The doctrine of the incarnation is the Christian affirmation that the Creator has made himself known in creation. It is our declaration that God took on human vesture and became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. The incarnation gives visible expression to the reality of God. In the life of Jesus Christ, God gives tangible form to his otherwise intangible reality. Thus, the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ prefigures all other visible forms which represent the presence of God.
Through the centuries, Christians have integrated visual art forms into their worship of God. At a time when many Christians could not read or write, visual arts offered a good way to teach the faith. In time, artistic images were able to give worshipers a visible expression of the unseen reality of God. So, early in the history of the church, Christians engendered among worshipers a sense of reverence for God through the use of color, texture, and other visual images.
Among the many ways we at First Presbyterian Church respond to God’s grace is through creative expressions in architecture. With simplicity of form and function, our sanctuary is adorned with artistic elements which direct attention to what God has done (and is still doing) for us in Jesus Christ. The artistic highlights of our sanctuary are stylish enough so as to awaken us to God’s presence—so as to evoke, edify, enhance, and expand our consciousness to the reality and grace of God. Yet, they are austere enough so as not to call attention to themselves—so as not to present their splendor as ends in themselves.
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