This summer we gathered together, for the first time, a group of artists from our church. We gathered to talk generally about art in the church and specifically about launching our first gallery show of original art pieces by FirstMBChurch artists.
The show: ‘Stories’
The theme: any of the ten Bible stories featured in the ‘LIFE: Ten Stories’ sermon series beginning Aug 1 (same series referenced in this post)
The medium: any visual art piece that can be displayed on the gallery walls in our lobby
Our artists came through. Here are the results. My heart is full.
Queen Esther’s Banquet
Because the King found favor with Esther, the Jews were spared and a banquet was served.
Judges 16:18 “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “O Sovereign Lord, remember me, O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
My Mother-in-Law’s Dresses, Pinks and Reds
A scrap of fabric, one stitch at a time… it’s a process that grows into something beautiful like a quilt, or a relationship or loyalty. Inspired by the Story of Naomi and Ruth.
For Such a Time as This
crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery
Inspired by the story of Esther.
Hand built earthenware with spirit hole. Sawdust fired.
Story of Naomi & Ruth.
Joseph in Egypt… God’s Plan Unfolds
“Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Gen 50:19-20
Joseph… a Brother’s Love
Faces of Job
Job 2:13 intense grief and pain
Job 19:25-27 confident praise in adversity
Job 44 submission to God’s sovereignty
May the Name of the Lord Be Praised
Job 1:18-19: Job lost all his children in one day
Feb 17, 1986: Reg lost his wife and two sons in one day.
Job 1:20: Job said “the lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Feb 22, 1986: Reg prayed, “Lord, help me to be like Job and never blame you; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Job 42:12: … the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first
July 18, 2010: …the Lord has tremendously blessed Reg’s second life and his heart’s delight is his three grandchildren.
I am proud of all these artists for bringing their work to share with our church. I’m in awe of their talent. And I’m grateful to be witnessing the ‘seedling’ stage of a whole new facet of our arts ministry.