Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tuesday - The Nave

Prayer:  Great God  for those who preach Your Word this week,  be with them in their studies and meditations.  May the meditations of all our hearts and minds be upon Your Word this day.  Amen.

Read Psalm 119: 33 - 40

Also in the Nave is the pulpit.    Traditionally the Presbyterian Church has a pulpit for reading the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ as well as preaching the Sermon and a lecturn  for the reading of all other Scriptures.     The Pulpit is frequently large and eight sided – eight sided to represent all the days in the week but the new day…. which reflects upon our newness in Christ.  The pulpit is traditionally shaped in a roundish shape to represent the stone which sealed the tomb of Christ and the stone which was rolled away to show everyone that Jesus Christ was Risen. 

Often the pulpit is on a raised platform.  This does not mean that the Word of God is above contradiction but the pulpit is raised on an area of the Church called the Solea.  Solea is a latin word meaning “elevated place”. 

Today many Presbyterian Churches have a single standing pulpit…. Which looks more like a Professors  lecturn.  Why do you think it is important for us to remember and perhaps return to the understanding of what a pulpit means to Christians?

Prayer:  Your Word O Lord is a lamp that guides us in our living.  Your Word is a light that lightens up our lives.  Be with those who preach Your Word so that with Great Joy,  they can preach the living Good News of Christ.  This we ask in Christ’s name. Amen.

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