08 June 2011

Since January, I've

been leading the Wednesday Catechism Service at the Chapel of the LCMS International Center.  It occurred to me that many folks have never been to the IC, and might like to see what the Chapel looks like.  I took a few pics this morning before anyone arrived:







17 comments:

Anonymous said...

They apparently got rid of the plastic LCMS logo altar cross.

William Weedon said...

I have no idea what there used to be there. I believe that the current chancel furnishings were prepared by the Center for Liturgical Arts at Concordia-Seward.

It is a very distracting room for anyone sensitive to light - when the sun goes behind the clouds, and you get that "drop" - if you are sensitive to light, you know what I mean. But on a bright sunny day (if you can forget the highway!), it's a cheering space. I like it much better in Spring and Summer than in Winter, that's for sure.

Larry Luder said...

This is fascinating. I am clueless what a catechism preaching or sermons would be. Is there info are examples available? I worked in a glass building before. It is a super nice and cheerful environment, but to sit in the sun like that would be unbearable.

Sue said...

That's pretty! But I would think all that glass with the view beyond would be distracting. I thought the same at the church my older son got married at - Chapel by the Lake in Juneau, Alaska. The window behind the altar was clear glass, and the view was a lake and a glacier! The wedding kept our attention, however. Pr. Weedon, if you want to see a picture, go to my album "Zach & Tawnya's wedding" (scroll WAY down) - there is a picture of the outside of the church - a log cabin and a photo outside with the lake/glacier in the background, which is the view from inside. We attended a baptism that took place IN that glacier-fed lake the Sunday before the wedding. The pastor wore waders! (Church is Presbyterian.)

Chris said...

I'm sorry, but if you're going to have that much glass, why not have stained glass? The place just looks informal. With that much glass, does it even face ad orientem?

William Weedon said...

Well, of course, it IS part of an office building. The chapel is oriented toward the south - which actually assures the maximum amount of light throughout the year, of course. But it's orientation is dictated by the swamp on which the building was erected... You can look out the windows, though, and see some pretty impressive swans. It puts me in mind of Yeats, when I see them.

William Weedon said...

Larry,

You can check out our own services here: http://weedon.blogspot.com/2008/01/catechism-services.html

That was when we were just introducing them! It gives you a feel, but at the IC, the chapel service has to be finished in 20 minutes or so, so it is much shorter.

William Weedon said...

Sue,

On FB? I couldn't find it. Help???

Norman Teigen said...

Nice pix. I've heard of this chapel before, but have never seen pix. Church architecture is an interesting thing to consider. Historically speaking, I think it is OK to say, architecture and theological expression are related.

William Weedon said...

I should point out that not very clear in the pics, is an etching on the glass above the altar. Look carefully and you can see it. YHWH revealing Himself in the burning bush...

Naturally, I'm far more at home with the traditional space of St. Paul's. But the IC Chapel has its own grace in the way it focuses on the primary symbols: the altar, the ambo, the font (and the fourth primary symbol: the ORGAN).

Sue said...

Sorry - maybe I was not clear enough? Try this: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1033054108317.2006573.1284342187

Let me know if that works!

William Weedon said...

That did it! Thanks! Beautiful chapel!!!

Sue said...

Eight pews long, could seat 4 or 5 (squished). Bagpipes played going in, church bell was rung going out. Just lovely. It's a tourist site - buses came and went till about an hour before the wedding.

Paul McCain said...

When I was stationed at the IC, there was a Shell gas station right across the street with a huge "Shell" sign and we all thought it was very nice of Shell to provide such a nice baptismal reminder for us.

Anonymous said...

a miniture Crystal cathedral?

William Weedon said...

I don't know. Does the CC feature granite altar, ambo and font so prominently?

Larry Luder said...

Thank you for the link. Beautiful. You are indeed a learned teacher of Christ.