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I came across this church and had to share…
The Maxim Velcovsky along with designer Jakub Berdych under from Qubus Studio redesigned the interior of St. Bartholomew’s church in Eastern Bohemia.
I know looks aren’t everything… but this is amazing!
I’ve always been torn between old traditional church building adorned with stain glass windows and stonewalls, and the postmodern interior design. This is a perfect blend of the two. You feel the connection with tradition, however it’s reimaged and connects speaks to the future. Moreover, it feels deeply spiritual. The chairs look like saints or angels on bended knee, yet with the four chairs in the front the idea of authority is not centralized in one place or figure. There is instead a panel or counsel leading in front of the community. And without a pulpit the leader is venerable and open to the people. Overall, the design is deeply authentic and welcoming.
Worship is a gift, not that we give but that we are allowed to give.
Worship is hindered by sin one has committed toward other people. When one worships while in sin their worship is reduced to vanity and is offensive to God.
True worship is the highest expression on man. It is a reversal of the great command and the second which is like it, to love the Lord you’re God, and love your neighbor, because we first have to love our neighbor before we can approach God and display our love to him in worship.
Furthermore, Jesus said he would receive our love and acceptance of him based on how we loved and acceptance the least of our brethren. So if one does not love his neighbor why would they want to worship God the maker of man?
Worship has been reduced to an individual expression. It has become something one does before God, instead of something that one does before God and man. Worship has been reduced to praise rather that a holistic expression of a life before God. What I mean is that one can sing praise songs for 30min on a Sunday without respect for their actions during the week and consider it worship.
Worship is the command we are privileged to participate in only after we have obeyed his command to love our neighbor.
We often sing of the wonderful beautiful cross. And because our mind cannot handle the intensity or cruelty of the cross we grow numb to the brutality of the cross. Yet, we have to remember the cross was torture leading to death. Jesus experienced pain at the highest levels of the human experience.
The cross was not just some uncomfortable experience, like the awkwardness of telling a stranger on the plain you’re a Christian, or the embarrassment of getting to front of the line at the grocery store with a cart full of items and realizing you forgot your wallet.
Jesus died on the cross. He bled, and breathed his last breath on the cross.
When we sing of the cross it should be in the sober reality of what happened, why it happened, who it was that died for us.
The cross is the anchor point of our faith, not some pithy poppy featurette of the Sunday lineup. Our God died at the hands of his creation; the creation he loved and formed. Our God suffered and was humiliated by the very people he gave life to.
The cross is not wonderful, it the shame of humanity, and the glory of God. The cross does not represent the best in man, but the worst. The cross is the premiere exhibit in our museum of disgrace.
I understand why people wish to forget the cross, and down play its reality. As a humanitarian why would I want to highlight the cross any more than I would want to highlight the holocaust as an act of human civility and love?
All one should do at the cross is fall down before it and cry out, “I will never deny you again. With my heart and with my actions I too crucified you, but never again. I will serve the King whom I killed. He will be my God.”