The world is a place of both astonishing beauty and of horrible ugliness. As Christians we are asked to live in the truth of what God has done to redeem the world, to believe in the goodness of what He is doing right now, and to hold before us a vision of a time the world is filled with the glory of the Lord and all things are made right. How can we look around at a world gone so terribly wrong and remember that?
God's call to Christian artists is to have this unique vocation of enabling people to see what they can't otherwise see, to encourage, exhort, and inspire us.
We invite you to create and submit your art for display in the church foyer, whether it be painting, poetry, drawing, sculpture, creative writing, etc. Please submit to the Director of Worship Ministries. If you are looking for inspiration, you can find the themes for each of the seasons below.
January to April- Lent/Easter/Resurrection, Winter/Spring,
May to August - Holy Spirit, Summer, Nature
September to November - Christ the King, seasons of change, death/rebirth, thanksgiving, peace
December - Advent, Nativity, Incarnation, Winter
For more information please contact Ariel Bowers, Director of Worship Ministries
Jesus has got something for you to do. When you come to him, the One who has launched New Creation, as you look ahead you discover that the reconciliation which is happening to you is what you are to be an agent of in the world.
And for many of you, part of that agency that you can bring will be your creativity — your works of art, your writing, your drama, the work of art that is your own life, your own character, your own relationships. Because through art, through music, through literature, through character, we are constantly creating a world in which it is possible to believe things that you can't believe any other way. When you hear a great piece of music, you realize your mind and imagination have been enlarged, and you can think thoughts that you couldn't have thought other how. And when you go through a great art exhibition, you see things which make you realize the world is a different place.
And if we're not doing that, then the world squeezes us down into its own mold, and as Paul says in Romans, "Don't let the world squeeze you into its own mold. Be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discover and practice God's good and perfect and acceptable will.”
We need every single art that God has given us in order to be able to do that.
Taken from the transcript of N.T. Wright’s May 18, 2005, Lecture at Seattle Pacific University entitled “The Bible and Christian Imagination”
N.T. Wright is a leading biblical scholar, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, and Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was formerly a Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College in the University of St. Andrews. Wright holds a Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University in addition to several honorary doctorates.