Field Observation Report Sample
Paul’s to be intentional in conveying what it finds to be theologically significant. Ruth Duck writes that church architecture is a place of encounter between humans and God. Space can set the tone for worship long before an key on the organ is played. The design of the interior St. Paul’s sanctuary puts the altar as the focus of the worship liturgy. Similar to a Gothic Cathedral, St. Paul’s interior seems to express what Duck calls “a sense of transcendence and light.” High ceilings added to the drama of the distance of God. The altar was a considerable distance away from the first pew. I imagine that this distance makes approaching the altar during communion feel like approaching somewhere that is Holy and heavenly. Moreover, The statues of Joseph and Mary on either side of the altar seemed larger than life. Any individual must look up to glance at their faces, which seem to be tilted slightly downward towards it’s admirer. The ceiling at the altar is slightly domed, bringing attention to single statue of a crucified Christ hanging at the center. The bareness of the walls around the crucified Jesus forces those who glance towards the front of church to fix their eyes directly on this suffering figure. The seating is unpadded and upright, making it more uncomfortable to face anywhere but forward towards the altar. All of these elements contribute to focusing on the magestic value of the altar being the focal point of worship at St.