Our sanctuary's architecture contributes to the glorious setting for our worship. Its modified Gothic style reflects the great Christian cathedrals with characteristic pointed stone arch, high vault, and cruciform plan with transepts on both sides of a chancel and long nave. The cruciform shape reminds all who enter to glorify the risen Christ. The many universal Christian symbols in stone, wood, and fabric serve as constant reminders of the centuries of Christian faith that have preceded us.
The inspiring luminous colors of the sanctuary's stained glass windows remind us all of the beauty of the Lord we worship. The sanctuary walls hold three series of windows. The tall nave windows depict 64 major events in the life of Christ, from Old Testament promise to the ascension. The smaller aisle and transept windows present 28 historic Baptist figures. The clerestory windows nearest the ceiling portray 20 Christians of various communions, lands, and eras. A symbolic Resurrection rose window is in the chancel, and the large Redemption window above the narthex pictorially tells the story of God's redemptive work through Christ. Rich in detail and varied hue, the windows offer new rewards with each viewing. They are the creative work of the noted Willet Studio of Philadelphia.
When interpreting the edifice in a sermon, Pastor Pruden stated, "Our congregation chose this particular kind of building because we wanted our house of worship to exercise a ministry of its own." The church's first meeting in the sanctuary was held on Christmas Day, 1955.
CHURCH SCHOOL 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
SUNDAY SERVICE 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Valet service is available at the "O" Street entrance to the Education Building and at the garage ramp
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
this week in worship
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 21, 2014
Sermon Title: "A New Standard of Unity"
Texts: Matthew 20:16; Philippians 1:27
Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey preaching
Psalm 105:1-6; 37-45
Lawrence P. Schreiber, Organist-Choirmaster
American Folk Tune
Arr. by John Carter, 1987
"All Our Hope on God Is Founded"
"I Love You, O My God Most High"
Arr. by David Hogan (1949-1996
The Chancel Choir
"Sing God A Simple Song"
Kelly Curtin, Soprano
"Hornpipe in D"
John S. Dixon (2012)