“Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.”
I wonder how many hundred times I’ve sung those words at camp, on retreats, and in contemporary worship services of the early 2000s. I’ll bet a lot of you know it and have sung it too.
“All who would like to help decorate the sanctuary for the season of Advent are welcome and encouraged to join the altar guild this coming Saturday from 10-2.”
“Please silence your cell phones before entering the sanctuary.”
“How many people will your sanctuary seat?”
All of these are phrases that, if you’ve ever hung around a Lutheran church, you’ve heard some variation of many times. (more…)