Calling All Artists

Dear Creators,

When I was a child I could spend hours drawing and creating with paper and pencil. I considered myself to be an artist. Somewhere along the line, someone criticized my work. The message I received was the work of creation belonged to a few experts. 

The scenario I just described is one most of us are living out. In elementary school, if someone asked who here is an artist, most hands would go up. In a room of adults, if asked the same question, only a few hands would go up.

In Genesis 1:27, “God created humankind in God's image, in the image of God , God created them, male and female God created them”.  According  to this passage of sacred scripture, we are artists, people created with the divine gene of the Creator of the universe. If you have lost your identity as an artist, it is time to reclaim that identity.

“Our faith …is not about pinning down moral certitudes. It is, rather , about openness to wonder and awe in glad praise.” Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Have you set artistic limits in your life? When was the last time you felt the “wonder and awe of God”?

Creation is not limited to a paper and pencil. You can create by:

…reaching out to an old friend to say ’you are on my mind today. I give thanks to God for you.'

…reaching out to someone you had a quarrel with to say “I love you”, without expectation of response.

…looking at how you spend your time , and reshuffling your schedule to allow for service in a way you have intended for a long time

…going for a walk in an area where you feel the mastery of the creator of the universe at work.

...pondering in prayer how you might be an artist who brings more awe and wonder to the world.

…carving out more time for the reading of sacred text and prayer.

...talking to a trusted friend about the ways you might both better engage the wonder and awe in the world.

..sitting in silence asking God, ”How am I called to bring artistry to the world”?  Trusting you are an artist created in the “image of God.”

In worship this week we continue with Part 2 of our sermon series on the rock band U2. “Communion: Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own.” We invite you to be with us live or by stream. If U2 has impacted your understanding of God’s creation and artistry within you  that is great, but if not U2, who? What band, what artist, what author speaks to your heart to inspire ‘awe and wonder’?

Prayers: For Mike Pederson who is doing well following a heart procedure, Debbi Meador as she continues to struggle with cancer, all those recovering from hurricanes and wild fires. And for leadership in our world.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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