The improvement of our church continues. Please see the attached pictures.
We are in the process of constructing shadow boxes / frames for our altar statues, pictured is the 1st of 3 (which yet needs to be finished and stained). These are meant to set off the statues and draw attention to them.
The statues are of the Lord, his hands raised in blessing. To his right (our left) is St. John the Evangelist, or St. John the Divine as he is also known. This is the "beloved disciple" of the Lord who leaned on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper / First Holy Communion. To the Lord's left (our right) is St. Matthew.
Many Lutheran church has all 4 Evangelists with the Lord, but we only have two, and there is an internal logic in that choice.
St. Matthew, with his genealogy of Jesus going back to David, and ultimately Abraham, shows his human lineage and nature. St. John who begins his Gospel "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God ... and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," (John 1:1 and 1:14) represents the Lord's divine and eternal nature. (This understanding of St. John's Gospel goes back to Clement of Alexandria in the 2rd century who wrote, "last of all, John, perceiving that the external facts had been made plain in the Gospel being urged by his friends, and inspired by the Spirit, composed a spiritual Gospel.”)
Thus our statues, by their presence, proclaim Jesus, the God / Man, as our Savior. By his two natures Jesus has brought divinity to humanity, and humanity to divinity. There is much more we could say, but let this suffice for now, and let us thank God for his many blessings of sacred architecture.
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