Ruth Everhart

Ruth Everhart ( is a writer and pastor at Poolesville Presbyterian Church in Maryland. You can read her blog at

Articles by this author:

  • Portals, Icons, Thresholds, and the Internet

    Using Visuals in Worship

    My church has the smallest sanctuary I’ve ever seen. The front wall of the sanctuary used to be painted with a kind of 3-D archway or portal that was black inside. The painting was old, chipped, and mildewed along the bottom. I always wondered what it meant and who had put it there. When I started asking around, many parishioners admitted to being “creeped out” by the painting. Finally someone told me that the painting symbolized the tomb. Eventually we painted it over in order to brighten up the worship space.