Who is Tampa Covenant?
When you visit Tampa Covenant Church, you will notice two things right away. The first is that TCC consists of a group of people who truly love God. You’ll see it in our worship of our Lord, our dedication to His Word, and our willingness to give of ourselves in His service.
You’ll also see something rare in our culture — a group of people who genuinely love each other with Biblical, sacrificial, Christ-like, “I’m-always-there-for-you” love. Yet, it’s not our goal to keep this love within the confines of our four walls but to affect social healing and cultural renewal through the declaration and demonstration of God’s goodness and creativity.
Tampa Covenant Church Architecture
God as Triune
The sanctuary was designed to symbolically represent the three persons of the Trinity with Christ at the center.
The cross and empty tomb occupy a prominent place at the right of the chancel, visually representing the death and resurrection of our Lord. Fourteen chandeliers point to the cross. Members of the building committee are especially thrilled with the duel meaning of these chandeliers. First, they represent the fourteen biblical Stations of the Cross (adjusted by Pope John Paul II and celebrated first on Good Friday, 1991). Second, beginning from the back of the sanctuary to the front, each chandelier is etched with an individual set of rings which, when laid over the melodic score, notate the first fourteen pitches of hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” Then, through the mediation of Christ, God meets His people at word and Table, nurturing them through the scripture and sacrament.
The candlebox represents the presence of the Father in creation, light and fire. Additionally, the seven compartments represent the ever-creating nature of God through the seven days of creation.
The Holy Spirit
The prayer chapel represents the Holy Spirit and His intercession on behalf of His people, revealed in the skylight piercing the internal darkness of the chapel and the spiral construction which envelopes worshipers in God’s presence and draws them into the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Additionally, the stones are representative of believers, the living stones of the church, held together by the Holy Spirit.
The exterior of the worship space is also intentional. First, the courtyard is a gathering space for God’s people. It marks the gathering of God’s people as community.
The bell-tower marks God’s Kingdom of Peace. His Shalom, rising up over all the earth. The bell is rung at the beginning and end of each service as well as during special and high holy days. A hand-etched tableau that summarizes the story of God occupies the subtle space of the tower, creating a striking image as one passes into the sanctuary.
Additionally, there are twelve office windows (apostles, tribes) on the front of the building and three olive trees to their right, symbols which elicit many Old and New Testament ideas, primarily the Trinity.