Posted by: L. E. Barnes | May 14, 2010

Saint Lego’s Cathedral

Looks like even Lego people have religious needs. Here are pictures of an elaborate Lego church built by Amy Hughes. She even wrote a sermon to accompany her miniature work of sacred architecture, which she calls the Abston Church of Christ. The FAQ page gives the church’s dimenions as “about 7 feet by 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches (2.2 m x 1.7 m x .76 m),” and “Abston” is just a name Hughes came up with, derived from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), the type of plastic Lego bricks are made of. One reviewer commented, “This is one of those people that I’m very happy to have seen on the web, but are too scary to meet in real life.” (I’m not sure how I would respond to a comment like that…) Hughes has dedicated this project to Precious, her beloved kitty–who, sadly, passed away shortly before the church was finished.

Exterior

 

View from the balcony

 

Congregation and pipe organ

 

Cross and pulpit

 

Another view of the interior

 

 

Hughes writes that the “dedication sermon” reflects “her thoughts on church buildings and on Christian fellowship and worship.” And I think she did a beautiful job of expressing her sentiments. Here’s an excerpt of the sermon:

Yes, there’s something about a place with pews and hymnals and a pulpit, and with praise and worship and preaching and the sharing of The Lord’s Supper–there’s something about being in a place that has been set aside as a place of worship that is spiritually uplifting and reassuring. And we credit that to the special presence of the good Lord in this place we call our church….

Heavenly father, it is by your grace, guidance and providence that we are able to build this house of worship, and from our humble hearts that we now dedicate it, the product of our treasures, talents and labors, to the honor of your holy name.

We dedicate this church as your house on earth, where we, our children and our children’s children, and all who come to call upon you here, may know that you are close.

We dedicate this church for the teaching of your Holy Word, that all who hear it and believe may have everlasting life, by your grace and the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We dedicate this church in Christian fellowship, that all who enter will be welcome and find peace, and that all who come here will know the joy that comes of loving one another as Christ commanded His disciples to love one another.

We dedicate this church for the singing of your praise, for the celebration of new life through baptism, and for the remembrance, unity and fellowship of The Lord’s Supper.

We dedicate this church as a place where we may earnestly confess our sins and receive your forgiveness, and as a place where we may seek and receive your gentle, wise guidance.

We dedicate this church as a place where we may offer our treasures and our talents to you, for it is from you that we receive these gifts and to you that we offer a small portion of them in return.

We dedicate this church as a house of prayer and as a sanctuary for quiet meditation, where we may enjoy and give thanks for our many blessings, where we may share these blessings with others, and where we may find solace when we grieve and strength when we are weak.

May it please you, Lord, to enter into this house, and may the work we do here please you. May your glory and your love fill our lives and our church, may your guidance always light our path, and may we always find new family with whom to share your greatest gift, the salvation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Well said! Thank you, Amy Hughes. There is indeed “something about a place with pews and hymnals and a pulpit.” Sacred spaces provide us with not only a place for fellowship with other believers but a place of refuge from the troubles of the world and a place for experiencing the divine. My own parish recently completed a large addition to our building, and the remarks here would have made a wonderful dedication.

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  1. […] Saint Lego’s Cathedral […]

  2. Wow. I’m always amazed at those leggo creations.

    • I know. Those folks can be very creative.

  3. From the outside I would have guessed: art museum.

    • LOL. Yeah, I guess it kind of looks that way.

  4. Looks better than the new LA cathedral. This kid has potential.

    • LOL! You mean that boxy building? A friend told me about the LA cathedral, and so I looked at some pictures of it online. Frankly, I don’t that thing deserves to be called a cathedral! Yes, this lego creation actually looks better. Maybe they should have asked Amy Hughes to design the cathedral for the LA diocese.

  5. Amazing! That is truly a work of love. Thanks for sharing!

    • It certain was. Had to have taken her a long time to make. And she did a splendid job!

  6. Great Church
    As Good as Jonathan Scotts one
    (much better than mine).


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