A head-on view from the rear of the sanctuary of the Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Tennessee
A vertical detail view of the warm and inviting altar of the Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Tennessee
A daytime view of the interior of the sanctuary at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia
A view highlighting the materials used around the entrance to the sanctuary of Congregation Etz Chaim
A view showing people walking through the lobby of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, GA
An interior view of the pews and trusswork within the sanctuary of the Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church
A twilight exterior view across the water of the Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church
A daytime exterior view of the Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church and surrounding landscape
A daytime exterior view highlighting the signage of the Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church
A daytime view showing the Oratory at the Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida
A twilight view showing the Oratory at the Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida
An interior photo showing the design and extensive trusswork at the Oratory at the Ave Maria University
A daytime exterior view of the cross detail outside of the Korean Community Presbyterian Church
A twilight view of the exterior of the 12Stone Church in Duluth, GA
A daytime view of the courtyard of 12Stone Church in Duluth, GA
A fun-filled photo of the Rec Room, complete with an airplane hanging from the ceiling, at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC
A view of members enjoying the youth recreation area at the Peachtree Road UMC
A view of the unique chapel at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Georgia
A lighted exterior view of a wood and stone outdoor pavilion against a twilight sky
A dramatic twilight view of the exterior of the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin, TN
A twilight view of the exterior crowned by a beautiful cross atop the Catholic Church of the Nativity
A comprehensive view of the sanctuary from the altar of the Catholic Church of the Nativity
A daytime view of pastoral setting featuring the design of the Catholic Church of the Nativity
A view of the St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel situated in the woods at twilight
A view of the St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel at twilight from the entry
A photograph of the calming Meditation Room at the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
A simple photograph of the exterior design and cross detail of the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
A pleasant exterior view of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia
A dynamic interior view of the Welcome Center of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia
A warm and inviting interior view of the Youth Center of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church
A twilight view of the exterior entrance to the Cathedral of Christ the King, with illuminated stained glass
A head-on photograph of the altar of Cathedral of Christ the King, featuring the Rose Window
A soaring view of the sanctuary of the Cathedral of Christ the King, with illuminated stained glass
A detail of pipe organ pipes, with light from the stained-glass window falling upon them
A detail of an exterior sconce and the surrounding stonework detail
A beautiful, classical interior composition of the striking Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, TN
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer | Sanctuary
Bauer Askew Architecture
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer| Altar
Bauer Askew Architecture
Temple Sinai
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Congregation Etz Chaim
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Van Winkle Construction
Congregation Etz Chaim
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Van Winkle Construction
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Sanctuary
Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Twilight Across Water
Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church
Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Signage Detail
Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Ave Maria University | Oratory
Cannon Design
Ave Maria University | Oratory at Twilight
Cannon Design
Ave Maria University | Oratory Interior
Cannon Design
Korean Community Presbyterian Church
The Sizemore Group
12Stone Church and Maxwell Center
Nelson / Van Winkle Construction / EDP Collaborative
12Stone Church and Maxwell Center | Courtyard
Nelson / Van Winkle Construction / EDP Collaborative
The Hangar at First Baptist Church | Recreation Room
LS3P
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church | Harp Center
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Sheridan Construction
Shepherd Spinal Center | Chapel
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Sandy Springs Christian Church | Whitmire Pavilion
Howell Rusk Dodson Architects
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Orcutt Winslow / Orion Building Corporation
Catholic Church of the Nativity | Twilight
Bauer Askew Architecture
Catholic Church of the Nativity | Sanctuary
Bauer Askew Architecture
Catholic Church of the Nativity
Bauer Askew Architecture
St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel | Entry at Twilight
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center | Meditation Room
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Welcome Center
Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Youth Center
Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Cathedral of Christ the King | Entrance
Cathedral of Christ the King | Altar
Cathedral of Christ the King | Sanctuary
Cathedral of Christ the King | Pipes
Cathedral of Christ the King | Sconce and Stone Detail
Cathedral of the Incarnation
Gobbell Hayes Partners, Inc.
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Lutheran Church of the Redeemer | Sanctuary<br>Bauer Askew Architecture
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer| Altar<br>Bauer Askew Architecture
Temple Sinai<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Congregation Etz Chaim<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Van Winkle Construction
Congregation Etz Chaim<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Van Winkle Construction
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Sanctuary<br>Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Twilight Across Water<br>Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church<br>Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Cecil B. Day Chapel at Perimeter Church | Signage Detail<br>Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Brasfield & Gorrie
Ave Maria University | Oratory<br>Cannon Design
Ave Maria University | Oratory at Twilight<br>Cannon Design
Ave Maria University | Oratory Interior<br>Cannon Design
Korean Community Presbyterian Church<br>The Sizemore Group
12Stone Church and Maxwell Center<br>Nelson / Van Winkle Construction / EDP Collaborative
12Stone Church and Maxwell Center | Courtyard<br>Nelson / Van Winkle Construction / EDP Collaborative
The Hangar at First Baptist Church | Recreation Room<br>LS3P
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church | Harp Center<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. / Sheridan Construction
Shepherd Spinal Center | Chapel<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Sandy Springs Christian Church | Whitmire Pavilion<br>Howell Rusk Dodson Architects
St. Andrew Lutheran Church<br>Orcutt Winslow / Orion Building Corporation
Catholic Church of the Nativity | Twilight<br>Bauer Askew Architecture
Catholic Church of the Nativity | Sanctuary<br>Bauer Askew Architecture
Catholic Church of the Nativity<br>Bauer Askew Architecture
St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Outdoor Chapel | Entry at Twilight<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center | Meditation Room<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center<br>Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church<br>Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Welcome Center<br>Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Youth Center<br>Merriman Holt Architects / New South Construction
Cathedral of Christ the King | Entrance
Cathedral of Christ the King | Altar
Cathedral of Christ the King | Sanctuary
Cathedral of Christ the King | Pipes
Cathedral of Christ the King | Sconce and Stone Detail
Cathedral of the Incarnation<br>Gobbell Hayes Partners, Inc.
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Worship

Worship is transcendent wonder.

Thomas Carlyle – Scottish Philosopher

When visiting the island of Rhodes in Greece some years ago, my wife and I came across a small Greek Orthodox chapel tucked away on the side of the road.  Its whitewashed exterior and slightly skewed walls prompted us to stop and inspect.  Upon entering, we first felt the coolness offered by the thick stone walls’ protection from the sun, and as our eyes adjusted to the dim lighting, our curiosity was rewarded with an authentic glimpse into the past.  From a discreet placard we learned that the small ten-seat chapel had been standing in that spot, essentially unchanged, since the 10th century. From our presence there, we were sharing a space with countless other souls who came before us, countless others who trod the same steps, entered the same heavy wooden door, and breathed the same cool air.  Countless others who we did not know, but with whom we would now share one point of connection, this chapel.

I’m not sure which of the worship facilities we photograph today are going to be standing one thousand years from now.  I wonder which ones will offer curious folks from the 31st century a cool refuge, a good story, and a connection to the past.  If by some miracle, however, the digital imagery we produce today is able to be accessed by some futuristic Indiana Jones, I like to think that sharing images of the different types of structures we currently design and build may be a step toward making that connection.

Worship is all about seeking spiritual connection, and seeking connection with our fellow humans through our shared experience.  Being able to illustrate today’s worship environments offers a sense of belonging to a larger community.  A community which transcends individual ideology, affiliation, or perhaps even time.

So, do we have experience photographing a large variety of houses of worship?  A search of our database under “Worship” revealed the following words in the names of over sixty sanctuaries we’ve had the honor of photographing:  Church, Synagogue, Temple, Buddhist, Prayer Center, Chapel, Lutheran, Church of Christ, Franciscan, Catholic, Cathedral, Methodist, Jewish, Presbyterian, Korean Presbyterian, Unitarian, Air Force Chapel, Baptist, Greek, Episcopal…

…Amen.

Creative Sources Photography | Atlanta Architectural Photographers

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