Pastor Matt’s 2010 Church Tour–The Cathedral at the Arts District

Posted: July 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I was in Dallas and accompanied a group to the historic Cathedral at the Arts District for an evening mass in Spanish.  The Cathedral has its own parking garage (and gift shop) but it’s entrance was not so easy to find. 

Once the group entered we all fell silent.  It is amazing how cathedrals will do that! 

The service itself was a short mass and largely unintelligible to someone who doesn’t speak Spanish but it was still moving.  Why?

There is something to be said for the mood set by “sacred space.”  Many protestant churches are designed to be drab “dry wall cathedrals” because we believe it is a sign of immaturity to need anything other than the Spirit to worship–true but, in my experience, narrow. 

We are creatures that naturally react with all of our senses.  A preacher can deliver a sermon faithful to the Gospel but if it is corny or dry than many will feel that the Gospel is…well…corny or dry. 

The way we do things matter and that includes the way we design worship areas.  Even a reformed Baptist church like The Village boasts a dark stage with candles, rugs, etc.  

There is something to be said for sacred space.

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