Ok, so I promised to show you the other paintings from the other Lent Services at our church this year. Below are all the paintings from the five weeks of Lent and the Easter Sunrise service as well as the short description given by the artist.
Amazingly, the Arts Ministry played a major role in the Lenten Services. You recall that "DEATH" was the overall theme for the services on Wednesday nights (when the paintings were the center of the services) and for the Sunday morning sermon series. Each artist was given a theme related to death, a scripture basis for the theme, and were asked to create a 3' x 4' painting depicting their interpretation of their theme.
Lenten Service, Feb. 24, 2010
Theme: "What Do We Fear Most?"
Scripture: Psalm 16
From the artist:
I focused on Psalms 16:9-11 . . .
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
I feel the joy and security that God is with me in my walk on earth and He will never abandon me, even unto death, therefore my heart is glad.
~ Kathy Cox
Lenten Service March 3, 2010
The Loss of Identity, 4' X3' oil on canvas by Golda Rich
Theme: " The Death of Identity - Paul on the Damascus Road"
Scripture: Acts 9:1-9
From the Artist:
3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. Acts 9:3-5
Roads are important in our lives as they take us toward our destinations. Paul was on the road to Damascus to persecute believers when Jesus spoke to him and changed his life.
In my lifelong journey, I have been blessed to know Christ personally and experience the joy of using my talents to serve Him.
~ Golda Rich
Lenten Service March 10, 2010
Theme: "What is Taken in Death? What is Given in New Life?"
Scripture: Romans 6:1-11
From the artist:
The scene portrayed in this painting is a cosmic card game. The character in blue on the right is saying, "I'll see your scythe with my seed and raise you the love and life-giving power of Jesus Christ."
"You make people dead to destroy, but I plant to bring life and plenty, fruit and joy, unspeakable, full of glory. We do not fear death, because the life is in the seed and the seed is in us. Kill us and a hundred thousand will arise in our place."
"Now tell me once again, Death, where is your scythe, they sting? Jesus took away your sting on the cross and your best hand has just folded . . . and all you have left is that stupid scythe."
~ Ottis Hilburn
Lenten Service March 17, 2010
Theme: When Dreams Die - The Death of Moses
Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-8
From the artist:
4 Then the LORD said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it."
5 And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. Deuteronomy43:4-5
As I see it, God uses the circumstances and decisions of our lives to change our character and "grow" us to spiritual maturity. The spirit works to nurture us spiritually and deepen our sense of Christ's presence with us. In good times or bad, it is our job to remember He is present in our lives and follow Him.
When our dreams die, God has a different idea!
~ Sally Turlington
Lenten Service March 24, 2010
Theme: "God Blesses Death; Jesus is Anointed in Death"
Scripture: Mark 14:3-9
From the artist:
3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly.
6"Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her." Mark 14:3-9
After reading three accounts of the alabaster flask, box, and jar, I wanted to use the woman in Luke that washed Jesus' feet with her tears and hair then anointed His feet with perfume. I found a model for God in a painting and His description given to Daniel in a dream. Jesus was the most difficult to visualize and to find a model for him. I looked in all my religious art books and searched the Internet for a Jewish man. I finally chose a face of an actor playing Jesus. From my drawing and the painting on canvas, Jesus doesn't look like the model. Each Sunday church and Wednesday Lenten service seemed to give me clues and symbolic images for my painting. I felt I could not have completed the painting before this past Sunday Mornings' sermon.
~ Molly Campbell
Easter Sunrise Service April 4, 2010
Scripture: Mark 16: 1-6
From the artist:
1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. ~Mark 16: 1-6
I call the painting "He Has Risen" because no matter what account we have of this event they all say "He is (or has) risen" which is the most important thing in our lives. I remember that someone said, "instead of the cross as a symbol that we wear around our neck, it should be the empty tomb." While this painting represents several of the accounts of the resurrection event, I tried to portray just one scene.
~ Betsy Maloney
Though these Lenten services were a month ago, the theme of death resonates with us at any time. I hope you get a blessing from these paintings equal to the blessings our artists and congregations received.