Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

This is a sketch of the Sunday service at Trinity Lutheran Church Downtown (123 E Livingston St, Orlando, FL) near the courthouse. The church reminds me of the Methodist Church my family used to attend in Dumont New Jersey. The lighting and exposed beam ceiling are almost identical. There is something calming about sketching the vertical space that insists you look upward. 

This was toward the end of this pastors stay at the church. Every couple of years the pastors have to move to a new parish. The sketch was given to him by the parishioners as a parting gift. I found this print in my files an realized that I had never posted the sketch. Christmas seemed the right time to finally share this warm inviting interior. Trinity has a 10am worship service on Christmas Day. 

 I was raise Methodist by my mother Elvira, but my father us a non-practicing Catholic. He later beam a practicing Methodist when he married my stepmom Ruth. In researching my family history, it seems that my family's religion changed every other  generation. When I researched back to the Thorspeckens in Germany, the documents come from Lutheran churches.

Part of me has wanted to do a series of sketches of church services in Orlando. There is certainly no shortage of churches. I would simply seek out a different church ever Sunday. However, Sunday is also a day of rest and I made a commitment to not sketch on Sundays and instead devote that day to family.

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