Oak Knoll Lutheran Paschal Candelabrum
I wish to thank the members of Oak Knoll Lutheran, and particularly, Pastors Jay Rudi, Pastor Kayla Monson, and Kathy Young, for the opportunity to design and create a new Paschal Candelabrum for the Oak Knoll Lutheran Sanctuary space.
Whenever I am asked to design and create a piece, I approach the project from a perspective of collaboration (we, not me). In that regard, I am pleased to remember that we created this piece, together.
From the beginning, the design was to be new, inventive, and different. The design lines were to be curved or arced, and where possible—laminated.
The three elements of the Paschal Candelabrum—base (jatoba), rising arc (jatoba), and candle table (black walnut)—are all imbued with these values. The base is laminated (more on that later), the rising arc is laminated, and the candle table emanating from the rising arc is a two-layered, laminated “boat” shape.
In every element—base, rising arc, and candle table—the metaphor and imagery of water is present. The base contains both the front edge of a wave pattern, plus the presence of surface waves or “ripples.” The rising arc presents a larger wave pattern, which is profoundly “directional,” that is—it rises up and points over the baptismal waters to something of profound significance—the cross at the front of the church. The candle table itself, which supports the Paschal Candle, is in the shape of a “double-ended boat.”
The element of lamination in all parts of the candelabrum symbolizes “we,” the members of Christendom—the body of Christ—“glued” together forever in Christ’s love and forgiveness.
The intent is to present—within the design of the Paschal Candelabrum—how the metaphor of water is profoundly important in the message of God’s love for us—both in the old and new testaments.
(All references are NKJV)
Isaiah 43, 1-2a
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2a When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
My hope and my prayer is that this Paschal Candelabrum will represent a source of joy, fulfillment, and wonder, as it assumes a place of significance in your worship space and in the life of your congregation.
I decided to include a cross as part of the Paschal Candelabrum, for it represents everything important about the saving grace of the Lord Christ. One verse, for me, embodies the power of the cross:
Colossians 2:13-14 (TLB)
13 You were dead in sins, and your sinful desires were not yet cut away. Then he gave you a share in the very life of Christ, for he forgave all your sins, 14 and blotted out the charges proved against you, the list of his commandments, which you had not obeyed. He took this list of sins and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.
[The blackness (ebony) of our sin has been nailed to the cross.]
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this very special addition to your church!