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Church of Stykkisholmur Iceland

Building As Sacrament

Church of Stykkisholmur Iceland

In my series on worship environment I have been emphasising interior layout and features. But the building itself is not unimportant. Secular franchises recognise this – the external appearance of a building for many franchises is immediately recognisable (just think how a McDonald’s restaurant is immediately recognisable wherever you go!).

It is not either/or – it is both/and. The interior needs to enable and enhance worship and the mission and ministry of the church, but the building is not merely a crate within which esoteric sacraments are enacted. The building itself is a sacrament – “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace”.

Architecture affects our soul.

Here is a website with a lot of contemporary church buildings.

image: Church of Stykkisholmur, Iceland.

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  1. Bosco, thank you for this. While we can never allow the buildings to become an idol, we must not willy-nilly shed the grace, power and presence of God they mediate, and the way they form the people who gather in them.

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