Architect's presentation February 15, 2009: The symbolism of the new sanctuary

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[The façade of the new sanctuary]
  • Presenter: Glenn Knowles
  • Date: February 15, 2009
  • Location: Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston MA

Glenn has been such a blessing to our congregation, God brought him literally to us he was like a frontal encounter and I had prayed to the Lord, years ago, if we're going to do this we need a good architect. And God provided one of the finest architects I think in the city of Boston, a young Christian, really gifted man and committed to the Kingdom of God and this beautiful friendship between him and the congregation and myself. And it's been a joy, I mean, part of the miracles that He has been doing.

Glenn, please come forward.

Glenn, welcome! It’s great to have you.

Thank you, thank you very much.

Wow, I'm a little nervous. First of all I want to thank you very much for the invitation and sharing in this celebration. I attend Cambridge Port Baptist Church across the river, but I feel like this is also my church. We're brothers and sisters and I cannot express in words the honor and privilege it is to work with Pastor Roberto and you to serve the Lord together. Congregation Leon de Juda has been a tremendous blessing for me and my family and so now I’m going to briefly describe the new temple. So, this is the façade. That will face Reed Street. And if you -I’ll try to do this, my hands are probably shaking but I’ll try.

Thank you for being so transparent.

So there are three sections, there is a base, a middle and a top. In the base, the primary material is brick. And brick is made of clay, as you know, whish is made from the Earth. So the base represents the natural. In the top the primary materials are metal; is meant to be reflective and it represents the spiritual of the heavenliness.

The section in the middle is a combination, that is, it is brick however the color is more of the color of metal, therefore the middle represents the Christian life, the spiritual life. And so it's placed in between the spiritual, the heavenliness and the natural on Earth. So that's the description vertically.

Now, horizontally, there is, a little hard to see, but there is a line and the line starts up here and it continues down. It continues down into the base where the natural level is but then it stops so this represents the incarnation. Jesus has descended to the Earth. So continuing horizontally, from left to right, back to the incarnation is this area, after the line, it represents the life and ministry of Christ.

There are three sections, three years of ministry and there's also... oops, sorry.

Sorry. This also represents the life of the Christian. There are perforated metal panels and they're slightly in different angles, that is, so that as you approach from an angle you get different experiences of light and reflection. So this represents the dynamic aspects of the spiritual life sometimes things are not as clear. But also, when you are aligned with the panel things become very transparent.

Also, at night it will become very transparent and a light from the inside will come out.

So, as you know, after the ministry of Jesús this culminated in the cross. On the other side of the cross it represents the reconciliation with God, the Father. And again that’s represented by the glass and the white. Therefore the entire façade

which represents the life of Jesus, must be penetrated, you have to go through Jesus

to get inside to the sanctuary to worship God.

Praise the Lord.

Okay, so very, very quickly, the plans. The first floor plan is primarily parking and entrance. The second floor is the primary sanctuary and there is a connection to the existing staircase. The third floor is primarily balcony level and there is another connection. In the fourth floor are classrooms, offices and a large flexible meeting room.

This is a computer generated model. Don't let the pews or benches fool you,

It will be individual seats. The purpose of these studies by computer was to study the acoustical ceiling. So it is a specially constructed ceiling in order to handle the worship team.

Do you want to tell them? I will tell them quickly.

It undulates. This will be panel for accusting purposes. They’re both, aesthetic and functional, right?

I’m going to speak briefly about the bricks. This is a rendering of the entry between

the new and the existing building. That will go to the existing entry over here and there will be brick paving, similar to possible locations for the inscribed bricks. They are here beneath the connector piece, along here on this walk way and potentially here. And these are just some examples and just to remind you, the bricks will be one of the last things to go in.

Thank you.

Thank you Glenn, God bless you man, thank you so much. Praise God.

I’m going to give you a couple of more elements that I want you to remember, you know.

The whole theme of our giving has been giving to the Lord in the zone of discomfort and using the widow of Zarephath as our symbol -and as our symbolic person if you will. I don’t know if I may, there we go.

I want to remind you the vision of this project, it is the Sanctuary for the Glory of God.

We want to expand Lion of Juda, we’re not simple building for the sake of building we need an expanded church through evangelism. Our church has been growing and right now we're stuck, we cannot grow anymore.

We want a place for revival, and for renewal in New England. This sanctuary is really for the Glory of God and for revival in New England, not just for Lion of Juda but it is for all peoples.

We also want to build a refuge for the transformation of lives, just like Patty was saying our life is transformed. David Dias, so many people we have in the church I could give you 15, 20, 23, 25 years and they have been blessed. Many people could give all kinds of testimonies about how God has transformed their lives through the ministry of Lion of Juda, we’re just seeking to expand the space where more of that transformation can take place in the future.

There is a need and we need a sanctuary that will allow us to grow.

And another need, we need to construct –to build now. It would be great if we could say let's wait two years, three years but not only is the pressure of attendance too big but also we have constraints that have been imposed upon the city, the clock is ticking and we need to build. Exemptions have been given, there is a building permit that is in existence there are so many things that have been said off and we have to continue in that direction.

You know, ironically there are advantages to building now. This is the best time in a sense, if the financial pieces come together…

Interest rates are way, way below anything that we have seen in many, many years that we will probably see in a long, long time.

Secondly, costs of materials have been dropped in a great way. Steel and cement and other building materials, because of the construction prices, are at a very good time. It is a great time in a sense to buy some of the materials that we need.

Also, contractors and construction companies are a lot more flexible. And we need flexibility as we seek to build this Sanctuary in order to build in an advantageous kind of way for Lion of Juda, so there are advantages as well.

Give to the Lord in a generous sort of way, if you break this down in weekly instalments, you can see that it is very doable and you can give to the Lord a good, abundant, generous, courageous offering. And there is all kinds of ways that we can, you know, just make an extra effort to give to the Lord.

One of the values, the governing value of this campaign is everyone give something. Everyone can give something. Please do not think for a moment that you have nothing to give. Everyone can give something and I encourage you, whatever it is, you're young person, a high school student, a housewife, whatever, college student, you can give something. And I encourage you to use this time for a promise of faith that will help you in many ways.

El préstamo esta vinculado a la cantidad total de las promesas. Nosotros necesitamos lo más cercano a ese millón y medio que hemos dicho. Lo necesitamos porque el préstamo va a depender de las promesas que hoy se den y el próximo domingo, que queremos también pero que no va a ser como esto, pero s[i también queremos reanudar esto.

Just remember please, that this giving that we make now is knit to our financial negotiations with banks, they do need to see a strong commitment on the part of the congregation otherwise they will be very suspicious of our capacity and the our commitment, of the capacity of the congregation. Please, give according to that as well. Many people say, “well, I'll just think about it and see what happens and in a few months or in a year or so”. If you are going to pledge and commit, really, consider doing it today very seriously. Because all these things are linked one to the other.

We have discussed three major texts throughout this whole campaign. One was when Elijah tells the widow of Zarephath, give to me first and I promise you that the oil and wheat, the flour shall never be lacking in your house.

The second text is from the book of Haggai where God tells the people, ‘build my house first, take care of the needs of my house and I shall bless you and your community'.

The third text was from the book of 2nd of Chronicles where the King Jehoshaphat tells his people, “believe God's prophets and you shall be prosper.”

So, Father, we bless you, we glorify you and we pray that you will bring upon God’s people the spirit of generosity and of joy as they give to you.

Presentation by Glenn Knowles and Roberto Miranda taped Febraury 15, 2009 in Congregation Lion of Judah Listen | View (100K) | View (400K)

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