Artists Within

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In early elementary school, all I needed was a piece of paper and something to write with. If I had a means by which to create art and use my imagination I was capable of losing track of time for hours. Through the use of my God given creativity I could go miles away to lands centuries removed from my time zone. I had adventures back then with paper and crayon that Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg have yet begun to harness in modern day cinema. Reality is, by junior high I drew few pictures and by high school none at all. Today if you go into an elementary classroom and ask “who in here is an artist?” most of the hands will still go up. If you go into a high school classroom and ask for artists, few if any hands will rise up. What does this mean for us?

We were created by the Master Creator in the “image of our Creator (Genesis 1:26), and our creativity was blessed by God.”
Not all of us are going to be Julie Weldon’s or Diana Dietvorst’s (professional artists within our missional community), but we each have an artistic expression that is unique to us. If we do not share our artistic expression the world will miss something only we have to offer. Your expression might be the translation of a cloud to a young child you are walking hand in hand with, or a creative spin to another’s perceived failure acknowledging that Jesus is always rising up with fresh imagination in our midst to transform what we call failings. It might be that you are the only one who can jot down a story on a card, that will lift the recipient’s spirits. You have an artistic gift that was given to only you by the Imaginative God of Genesis.

Our missional community is in for a unique and exciting service this weekend. Scott Freeman, a noted artist, is going to do the sermon through the use of the arts. Scott will utilize music, painting, and spoken word. We as a church (especially those of us called to make proclamation of God’s word) can learn much from gifted artists such as Scott, who are called to communicate the word of God effectively and creatively. For centuries the church has been too reliant on print and spoken word. I believe that leaders in the ecclesiastical arts community such as Scott Freeman are calling the church back to the world of Genesis to be the church that asks all people to create and to see God in all that surrounds us and in all that is created through us.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julie wrote:
Thanks PDJ! I am looking forward to the creative spirit of Scott Freeman leading us all in worship!

Wed, November 10, 2010 @ 1:43 PM

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