Friday, April 22, 2011

Entering Easter, plus Worship Painting

Painting by Mike Lewis; music 'The Resurrection' from 'Passion of the Christ'

I don't know the details about when and where this worship painting was done but certainly in front of a crowd.   Easter Sunday at our church my friend Veronica will do a worship painting, starting with the 9am service and continuing through the 11 am service. I'm anxious to see her work.  A couple of months ago Anneli Anderson painted at our church and yesterday I helped hang a show of her work on the walls of our worship center.   Some day soon it'll be my turn. I'll let you know when just in case you want to come watch... and pray as I work.

So what is a worship painting?  It might turn out to be anything... there's no knowing ahead of time, but it's usually done in a church or at a retreat or a conference either during a time of singing and prayer or during the sermon and is the artist's response to what she/he feels God is leading her to do.  She might step up to the canvas with a clear plan of what she'll do, or she might step up totally empty of direction and simply start moving paint around until something happens on the canvas.  The expectation is that God will direct the brush to create something meaningful.

The purpose is not for entertainment but is a way of showing others how an artist might worship God... just as a singer or instrumentalist might do, or as a dancer. We are all different in how we approach God because he made us to be individuals with different minds and thoughts and understanding.


  1. Good morning, dear! I have never heard of this and very much appreciate you sharing it. I look forward to seeing what you are inspired to create when it is your turn! Have a blessed day!

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Jo....I have seen this on GodTube before and found it a fascinating concept. I would love to see how yours turns out this Sunday.
    Have a Blessed Resurrection Day!

  3. Jo, this is fascinating and inspiring. thank you for a perfectly timed post on this Good Friday. I am delighted to have found your blog (via your comment on Linda Blondheim's) and enjoyed browsing your posts and seeing your creative collages and other work.

  4. Thanks Roben-Marie. My turn comes some time in the future, not this Sunday, VStarRider, though I'll be watching Veronica very closely.
    Nice to 'meet' you, Mary. Finding interesting blogs via the comments in friends' posts is a great way to learn about new blogs. Just click on the name that starts the comment.
    You should ALL read Roben-Marie's blog... she's such a talented artist.

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