What does our worship space communicate?

Do we ever take time to evaluate what our worship space communicates to our own people or the visitor seeking to hear from God? A church’s sacred worship space communicates something to all those who enter, but what does it communicate? More importantly, does the aesthetic message communicated match the liturgical communication of the service? At some level I realize that I have set up a false dichotomy in that there are clearly aesthetic values in the liturgical elements of worship. However, the question remains, do the aesthetic treatments contribute or distract from the message to be received by the Christian community on a given Sunday. Even more importantly, are the aesthetic treatments being ethically employed to enhance the Christian communications in a given sacred worship space. For example, is it right to have architectural accoutrements that suggest scholastic activity (Greek/Corinthian look) then belittle academics? Similarly, should a church have a large pulpit as the focal point which suggests the text or message is most important then have a pastor that focuses on himself rather than the gospel message? I want to spend some time investigating these questions from several angles to understand how they can inform our worship today in this culture.


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