Todays Church of the day is in plural. Showing a feature that is prominent in the great majority of churches in Denmark - the church ship. Symbolising from heathen times the voyage from earth to heaven and in christian time the church as a vessel, containing all the believers, heading for salvation. With Jesus as the beacon.
Attending service we are sitting in the nave, the architectural name for the interior space in front of the chancel. The word nave is derived from greek and latin words meaning ship.
On a personal level we can view our lives as a journey. Or a voyage. And often one in stormy waters. Life goes up and down. The waves closing in on us, making us feel we are heading right for the void, fearing to drown. With Jesus on board we are on our way towards still waters and dry land though - towards salvation. We are wor-shippers. ‘And when he was entering into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he said unto them: Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!’ KJV, Matthew 8,23-27.
The church ships are of different kind, mostly tall ships, many schooners and sometimes a dinghy. Many of them carry the name ‘hope’. Humbly I must admit, that the little thick dinghy on the last picture IRL used for for fishing, carries a short version of my name, Birgit, Welcome on board then, and bon voyage.
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