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St. Andrews Building

The St. Andrews church building was completed in 2000 and in that year received an award from The Construction Association of Michigan. It was named as one of the twelve most outstanding buildings constructed in the State of Michigan in that year.

The outstanding feature of the building is the site upon which it stands – atop a hill overlooking Platte Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan and islands beyond. The sanctuary is surrounded on three sides by windows.

What follows is a portion of the sermon preached by founding pastor, Dr. Ned Edwards on the first Sunday in the new sanctuary:

So what is this building saying to us today? As you came in, you saw two stone pillars at the entrance, reminiscent of Solomon’s temple, the very fist temple built to praise God. The pillars were named Jachin and Boaz, meaning “God establishes’ and “God comes in power,” and we could certainly say that God established this church in her power. They are joined by a large white St. Andrews cross, the cross of the church in Scotland, reminding us where we came from, and the truth that is expected from us in this building. Under the roof we saw four cottage- like houses, with cedar fascia, gathered together. Thus the building told us of our destiny as God’s children. In the words of Jesus: “In my father’s house are many mansions..”

While entering the sanctuary through the pillars, we saw the Celtic cross, suspended between heaven and earth, reminding us again of our heritage and how the Christian faith came to Ireland and Scotland, the land of the Druids and Celts, who worshipped God in stone circles. The cross came to overlay the circle of worship, so that Christ could be known, as well as the Father and the Spirit of these ancient peoples. And the cross is made of oak, signifying strength, and overlaid with a Latin cross in cherry wood, for here we are in an old cherry orchard, the fruit tree that brought people to this place. We see these crosses carved also in the oak lamps that hang on the walls around the balcony freeze.

So this building speaks of the past, of saints, and of our faith; but most of all it shouts to us about our ministry and mission. For what do you see as you look around you? You see the Creation of our God. You see through the walls to the world. You see, in effect, a church without walls, for the walls disappear into a vision.