Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sanctuary Woodwork

The Gothic Revival style of First Baptist Church appeals to me. This view of the altar includes the lectern, which happens to include inscriptions for a military serviceman. I'll have to photograph it in detail the next time I step in.

As before, I really like that ceiling.


  1. Sturdy, sacred building. Yes, great coffered ceiling , I agree

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. A beautiful church, indeed! Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve must be extraordinary there.

  3. It is seen that you have good and nice temples in Otatwa.


  4. Hmm, I wonder what effect all that wood paneling has on the acoustics?

  5. I also like the lamps hanging there.

  6. Those wooden ceilings are so beautiful.

  7. gorgeous. i am always a fan of fine wood work. it is in my family blood. ha. ha!! ( :

  8. The ceiling and those light fixtures are gorgeous.

  9. I love these beautiful old churches. The woodwork and stained glass is always so beautiful. The coffered ceiling in this church is especially pretty.

  10. Wood is my favorite color! Very nice. But Baptist churches have no altars. They have pulpits which are stationed in the center of the chancel area because they emphasize they are not "sacramental" and the "Word" is the center of their theology and practice. Funny thing is, when they get all worked up and ask people to come forward to "accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior," they call that an altar call.

  11. That ceiling is indeed a great piece of craftsmanship with all those small pieces of wood.

  12. @Linda: that's what I thought.

    @Whisk: it has great appeal.

    @Cloudia: it feels enduring!

    @Merisi: most church denominations here have Christmas Eve services... I assume it's the same with Baptist churches.

    @Tomas: yes, we do.

    @Revrunner: I have no idea!

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Marianne: it was a good addition to the sanctuary.

    @Beth: I like good woodworking too.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Sharon: I certainly did think so.

    @Pamela: the stained glass in particular is stunning.

    @Lowell: that's what I get for not checking my terminology.

    @Jan: it certainly is.

  13. Gothic Revival may be tricky, but I really think they did it very good here!

  14. Very special and lovely. Very rarely we see these things. Best wishes.

  15. I bought myself some wood carving tools from Lee Valley (on sale!), but still haven't gotten into it!

  16. Rich looking wood. They don't make anything like that anymore.

  17. I like all the beautiful woodwork.

  18. @VP: they certainly did.

    @Tex: I think so.

    @Joseph: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I'd be out of my element trying woodworking.

    @Red: they certainly do not.

    @Judy: so do I.

  19. Nice wood! It's always so much warmer than stone or plaster.

  20. Marvelous photos, and I love that ceiling!

  21. As I said before, I love old churches....

  22. It still surprises me that this is a Baptist church. It's far more ornate and beautifully done than most I've seen. It really is a gorgeous spot.

  23. Such a beautiful church! I love the ceiling, too. Looks very nice and warm, and those lights are very pretty!

  24. That is craftsmanship taken to a high art level.

  25. I like it too! A lot of caring went into the creation of that church.

  26. @Cheryl: it certainly is.

    @Denise: it has a lot of character.

    @Ciel: the mood in there must be good in many different occasions.

    @Norma: they have real character and dignity.

    @RedPat: it's what attracts me when I step inside.

    @Kay: this is the only one I have any real experience in visiting. I come from a Reformed and Presbyterian background, and that tends to have a different look.

    @Tamago: they certainly are.

    @Mari: indeed.

    @Linda: definitely.

    @Stuart: I think so.

    @Randy: yes, it is.

  27. Love the wood and the details.