Speaking with symbols

 

The deepest realities of our faith cannot be expressed by the rational and the conceptual. Words fail. So, like the Church has throughout time, DaySpring works to symbolize that which is beyond saying. Symbols of faith and spirit are common throughout our building and grounds. A garden in the shape of a Triquetra, an outdoor baptistry, a sunrise on the driveway, circular windows, a cross which reminds us of the four gospels... our space invites an encounter with truths and with Truth.

 

Hand-crafted furniture

 

Several items of particular significance were hand crafted by Stephen Perdue. These furnishings are made from native Texas Pecan and African Paduak -- a dark-reddish wood. The symbols are simple yet expressive.

 

The narthex table prominently features a Celtic cross. This ancient symbol is a favorite at DaySpring. It combines the cross and its reminder of all God has done in the unique story of Christ with the circle, which speaks to the universality of God.

 

The pulpit points upward, almost arrow-like. It features a richly symbolic front panel.

 

Drawing of a triquetra

At the bottom is a triquetra, symbolizing the Word Eternal, the infinite God who was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

 

Drawing of the DaySpring symbol

In the middle is the DaySpring symbol (our namesake), representing the Word Incarnate.

 

Drawing of a burning bush

On the top is a flame, symbolizing the Word Proclaimed.

 

Look closely and you'll notice that the three sections are distinct, yet the borders between them are incomplete -- all three sections are connected. We seek to proclaim the reality we've seen in Christ that is the foundation of all life.

 

Facing the congregation, the communion table displays powerful reminders of our reasons for gathering for the Lord's Supper.

 

The top of the table conveys a quality of solidity and firmness. The thick borders divide the top into four quadrants. Christians have traditionally associated the number four with the four gospels and four paths of Christian service that have come to be associated with each. In the center of the tabletop is a circle within a square, a symbol that has historically been known as the eye of God. When believers come to this table to receive the elements, they are reminded that they are seen and welcomed graciously as God's beloved child and a member of Christ's family.

 

On one side is a stark, simply drawn crown of thorns. On the other is an olive branch.

 

The juxtaposition of these two symbols reminds us of the peace with God and each other made available to us through Christ's sacrificial suffering for the world.