St. Luke Episcopal Church
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Traditionally, pulpits bear the symbols of the evangelists while Ambos feature the Eagle of St. John and lecterns are embellished with symbols for the Church Fathers. Lecterns are for preaching (teaching) while pulpits are used for the readings. Ambos are reserved for the Gospel (proclamation of the Risen Christ) and are designed based on the empty tomb in Jerusalem. This pulpit, however, was designed to be used for preaching. It could just as easily be used for the proclamation of the Word. The pastor and donor felt that there was a need to be able to adjust the height of the pulpit, particularly for individuals with disabilities. Inside the case is hidden a hand wheel operated jack that one person can use to raise or lower the entire upper portion of the pulpit. With 15 inches of travel the pulpit can be as low as 35" and as high as 50". There is also a removable step so that a person can have a more elevated presence while preaching. St. Luke's pulpit was installed during Holy Week of 2015 and first used for Easter Sunday services.
Material: White Oak, mechanical lift