Sunday, 12 August 2012


St John's Southgate is a small, modern Lutheran church located in the Southgate Complex. It replaces the previous worship centre built in 1927 and demolished in 1989 to make way for the Southgate complex.The organ in the Baroque style (suitable for Bach - that great Lutheran) was built by local organ builder Knud Smenge.The church has a strong emphasis on the arts and is heavily used for exhibitions, concerts and recitals.

The beautiful, modern church building was designed by David Cole, an architect from Buchan, Laird and Bawden.The design of the church links architecturally with the Southgate complex. The Lutheran church is one of the major Christian churches, and the largest Protestant church.  There are more than sixty million Lutherans in the world, traditionally mainly within northern Europe and the USA. Currently, the fastest growing Lutheran population is in Africa, with more than 14 million members. Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Cameroon have substantial Lutheran memberships.  In Australia and New Zealand 250,000 people call themselves Lutheran.

This post is part of the Sunday Psalm meme,
and also part of the Spiritual Sunday meme.

And here is a magnificent organ piece by J.S. Bach. It is his "Little" Fugue in G Minor, BWV578.


  1. What lovely pictures! The stained glass is a sweet memory for me of the church I grew up in. Thank you. :)

  2. A lovely church and wonderful captures for the day, Nick! I love the fugue by Bach! A wonderful way to start my day!

  3. I am such a lover of Bach! What a treat to be able to listen while I was looking at your photos of that lovely little church! It is modern, but lovely. Thanks, Nick for your thoughtful posts - they are always a joy!

  4. Breathtaking photographs! My husband would love to play that pipe organ. He;s had the privilege of playing several. The stained glass pictures are amazing.

  5. Nick, I hate to repeat this word in my comments- Superb!!!!

  6. Seriously, I have never worked in there. The interior definitely looks very different from the exterior. It feels like a toy store interior design

  7. «Louis», being a Lutheran, found this post to be quite interesting - and he certainly enjoyed the (ahem) Bach-ground music...


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