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  • Pulpit 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Like the altar/table the permanence of the pulpit and it's position is apparent.
  • Celebrant's Chair 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The importance of Word and Sacrament is further augmented by the celebrant's chair.
  • Altar/table 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The importance of the Eucharist is manifested by the solidity of the altar/table. It is obvious that it is central to worship and not to be set aside.
  • Completion 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    At last the entire church room with the liturgical center for the celebration of the Mass is revealed.
  • Gradual entry 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    A turn to the left immediately reveals more of the great church room while further movement is necessary to reveal the focus of worship.
  • Gradual entry 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Entry into the great church room does not yet reveal the focus of worship in the liturgical center but requires entry and then a ninety degree turn to the left.
  • Font and pool 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The font also surmounts a Baptismal pool for those who wish to be baptised by immersion. (Roman Catholics make the distinction between immersion which is portrayed in early Christian frescoes and mosaics as standing knee ...
  • Narthex/Baptistry 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The very large narthex also serves as Baptistry, placing the Baptismal font and pool not only at the exterior entrance but also the entrance to the great church room. The slot in the face of the font facing the pool allows ...
  • Saint Elizabeth Seton, 1985 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Architects: Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke. Completed in 1985. This church is located in a suburb of Indianapolis. The suburb is adjacent to farming area, which is reflected in the roof lines of Elizabeth Seton.
  • Great church room 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The interior of the mega-church witnesses to both its success in gathering worshippers as well as the problem of making a visual witness to the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. While mega-churches have been ...
  • Narthex 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The large and attractive narthex gives opportunity for enterchange before and after services.
  • Campanille 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The campanille with cross also gives identification to the entrance to the narthex and great church room.
  • First Assembly of God, 1993 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Next to the road signage together with a campanille next to the church building identifies it as a church.
  • Church room 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The emphasis of the liturgical movement of gathering the congregation around the liturgical elements is here emphasized by seating in the monastic fashion, with the congregation facing one another across pulpit, font, and ...
  • Baptismal font as entrance to the great church room 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Immediately upon entry one is confronted with the Baptismal font and Paschal candle beyond which are the Table and ultimately the pulpit with the congregations seated in monastic fashion.
  • Narthex 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The symbolism is even more prominent in the narthex. Note the Baptismal font upon enterring the nave.
  • Saint Paul of Tarsus Church, 1987 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    Architects: Straub Pettitt Yaste. The tumultuous life of Paul leading to conversion, as well as his shipwreck, are reflected in the wave like roof of Saint Paul of Tarsus Church.
  • Children enjoying a running water Baptistry 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    The water falling from the Baptistry adds an auditory element to the font.
  • Baptismal bowl by Charles Pohlman 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
  • Narthex/Baptistry 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) in partnership with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 1986)
    In this contemporary Roman Catholic church a running water font is placed in the narthex as a theological reminder that one enters the church through Baptism.

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