Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Arts in Worship

We have just read Robert Webber's work, Encountering Christ Through the Arts, which includes these statements:  "Renewing churches are paying attention to the arts, recognizing that worship itself is an art.  Churches most sensitive to the arts are churches that give the arts in a servant role in worship.  Worship is never to be arts-driven, but arts-enhanced."  (Robert Webber, The New Worship Awakening, page 115.)

Share a time in which you encountered Christ through the creative expression of an art form other than music.

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11 comments:

Tony Franklin said...

Two brief examples of non-music art:
1. We have a gentleman at church who does dramatic scripture reading... simply adding that storytelling element to the weekly bible reading done in it weirdo services. Everyone notices and loved it and we put him in charge of all the readings this year. He either dies it himself or helps teach others to do it in his place. Very simple but powerful and effective.

2. I took a class on weirdo and the arts and we studied architecture as one of those art forms. Sometimes we don't think about it, but the building itself (or lack thereof if we are outside) and furniture are an expression of what we believe and I can often make some good guesses about a congregation's theology based on their architecture.

Kayla Estes said...

My favorite example of worship besides music was the lady who’s name I cannot recall that visited my dad’s church and painted over the course of the entire service and revealed the finished painting at the very end. Secondly I have not seen it done in person, but I am also a fan of Jefferson Bethke’s spoken word pieces that are almost like poems that he writes to worship and provoke thought. I have seen YouTube videos of him using these during services and they are extremely impactful because he is such a great writer and deliverer.

Aaran Taylor said...

I actually participate in a hand signs drama team at my church, this usually consists of 2 contemporary songs that we do sign language to the lyrics. Although this does consist of music playing, the emphasis is on the hand movements. And often, I feel more in tune with God when praising him this way, than any other way. And the people in the congregation seem to like it more based on applause and cheers.

Taylor Evans said...

I attended a Youth Conference in my hometown that was a weekend long so the conference was 3 sessions. In those 3 sessions they had hired what they called a Jesus Painter, who would do an art piece during a song for each session. The art started out unrecognizable, but as the song went on the audience could eventually tell that the painter was painting Jesus. This particular artist did 3 pieces: one representing Christ before crucifixion, Him on the cross, and then the resurrected Jesus. At the end of the last night all 3 pieces were displayed side by side, and it was a pretty powerful moment.

Matthew Abel said...

During one of the LIFE services at LWC the worship leader sang "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" and in between singing each verse he shared the story behind the writing of this hymn. The story-telling was so meaningful and touched me in such a way that I went to the chapel that night and decided to follow Jesus entirely. That's the night he called me into ministry. I told God that I wanted the kind of faith and life that the man in the story had.

Anonymous said...

I decided to become a follower of Christ in April of 2016, in November of the same year i went to Hearts on Fire, i saw so many good examples of worship leaders in many different positions, musicians, authors, comedians, groups of people whos purpose was there to pray and talk with those who get saved, and just people who came up and gave their story and testimony in front of thousands of people. One of the people who was scheduled to speak that night told about where he came from, the many tragedies in his life, and where God brought him today. with in that hour time of his speech, over 300 people of all ages gave their life to Christ. Witnesing that and seeing God move people in such a way and change their life was truly amazing.

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Connor Howard said...

One year at Winter Blitz they had this guy who did sand art, and he would crete stories from scripture in the sand, and sometimes he would put a modern twist on some of the scripture stories he did, for example he created a modern version of the prodigal son

Tara Pierce said...

My junior year of high school, some of our FCA students helped put together a youth day at our school. one of the churches that came did a skit to a song with lyrics that went like so: "God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture he's painting". During there were six students painting pictures turned various ways, and at the end they put all of the pieces together and it was a picture of Jesus. It was super powerful and sent a powerful message. We don't always know what God is up to but we know it will always be good.

Jake Smith said...
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Jake Smith said...

A church service where I was able to encounter Christ through worship other than music would have to be a play my Church puts on every Easter to remember Christ and how he paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. This is a play in which they follow Jesus last days before being Crucified. It is actually a very gruesome play that would bring me to tears but also lead me closer to Christ during this time of the year because I was able to see, feel, and almost experience Jesus last few days on the earth before being crucified and killed for our sins.