The Upper Room Daily Devotional is an excellent Christian devotional lifestyle magazine, which although rooted in the American United Methodist Church, receives no funds or sponsorship from Methodism or any other denomination. The ministry of the Upper Room is interdenominational, interracial and international in character.
The Upper Room magazine is a daily devotional guide which contains meditations written by real people, both laity and clergy, who are doing their utmost to live faithful lives, but struggle in real-life situations. The writers of the daily meditations that appear in The Upper Room come from many nations around the world. However, all in some way reflect the belief that God wills only good for each of us and that God calls us to lives of love, forgiveness, and service to others, according to the example of Christ.
The headquarters of the Upper Room are in Nashville, Tennessee and are in a district which contains many large administrative buildings for the United Methodist Church, the Upper Room building houses not only administrative offices, it also houses a spectacular Chapel and Christian Museum containing Christian Art and other artefacts from around the world. Both the Chapel and Museum hosts thousands of visitors each year and The Upper room makes no charge for visiting.
The Upper Room Chapel
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The Chapel is situated on the 1st floor (2nd floor in American terminology) and so indeed this is the real and very beautiful contemporary Upper Room, where speakers from different denominations and countries take part in a weekly Wednesday morning worship service.
Just outside the Chapel but visible from the rear balcony within the Chapel, is the dazzlingly beautiful World Christian Fellowship Window, which is 20 feet high and 8 feet wide and contains over 9000 pieces of glass. The window commemorates the presence of the Holy Spirit in the original upper room, some 2000 years ago. It also depicts the work of the servants of Christ who have been empowered by the Holy Spirit down through the centuries.
Above the communion table hangs a very beautiful and spectacuclar woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. This woodcarving was commissioned in 1953 and is huge, being 17 feet in length and 8 feet high.
Rear of the Chapel showing the entrance door, balcony and the World Christian Fellowship Window.
The Upper Room Museum
The museum consists of a single huge room, with its treasures tastfully displayed. The smaller and more delicate objects are in glass cases whilst the larger objects and furniture are free standing. Christian art is hung from all the walls.
The Upper Rooms Museum exhibit of letters wriiten by John Wesley.
A typical showcase within the Upper Room Museum but containing an early copy of Paridise Lost and a porcelain bust of John Wesley.
There are alo many other aspects of the Upper Room ministry, including ministries for:
- Small Groups
- Personal Spirituality
- Spiritual Leadership
- International Ministries
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Meanwhile, I will leave you with a gallery of images of some of the exhibits within the upper Room museum.
All the images in this article are published with the kind permssion the Upper Room Ministries, Nashville, Tennesse.
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