Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Modern Architecture


Grace Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) is located in Ormond Beach, Florida. It faces A1A highway (which continues all the way to Key West), and is less than a block from the beach (Atlantic Ocean). Of the major Lutheran church bodies in the United States, the Missouri Synod is the most conservative. The Missouri Synod, by and large, does not think it proper or in accord with God's will, that the Missouri Synod associate with other Lutheran bodies. Generally speaking they reserve the Holy Eucharist (bread and wine) to members of the Missouri Synod. If possible, every Missouri Synod church tries to include a school as part of its parish so that their young members can know the "truth" and thus will be shielded from the temptations Satan puts in their path to confuse them.

The largest of the Lutheran bodies (and the most liberal) is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA allows all baptized Christians to participate in the Eucharist. The ELCA is ecumenical in its life and outreach. In recent years, an agreement was reached between the ELCA and the Protestant Episcopal Church, which allows pastors to serve parishes in either group.

12 comments:

Kate said...

It is a beautiful contemporary structure. I am always uncomfortable with religious doctrines of exclusivity.

Linda said...

Great photo, Lowell. Thanks so much for sharing the info about the Missouri Synod, too.

Jack said...

I know just about nothing about these congregations and I suspect I will retain your very helpful explanation only until I go to bed tonight.

Tommy Bahama is on Third Street South, probably around 12th Avenue. The place you mentioned might have been part of the Waterside Shops in Naples, where Seagate/Pine Ridge cross Route 41, or up in Bonita Springs in the Promenade. The one in the Promenade is closed; I don't know about the one in Waterside.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Interessante estas novas formas arquitectónicas.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

Bibi said...

I admire churches and cathedrals as architecture, but feel that most organized religions cause so much trouble.... Who's to say what 'the truth' is anyway?

Sharon Anck said...

That church has the look of a big box store. I'm certainly glad I was never shielded from temptations.

Sharon Anck said...

By the way, I have never put on a pair of skates in my life. Isn't that crazy for an Illinois girl?

William Kendall said...

Wow... that's a wee bit ridiculous. One thinks Martin Luther would be rolling his eyes and muttering a few bad words under his breath.

Very modern architecture though.

VP said...

An interesting building, quite simple but modern and elegant.

Gunn said...

I can see the style, and we have some looking similar over here too.
I hope they have decorated it with colourful art and style inside.

stardust said...

I think we have a church inside us regardless of our religion including nature worship. If I were a Christian, I prefer standing alone with Jesus Christ to standing with others in an organization. Religion is a strange thing. Whey can’t be tolerant to each other?

Yoko

José Mendonça said...

Very interesting to read but no thanks! :-)

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