This is the eleventh piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10 says, As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. … But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We as believers in Christ Jesus and members of The Town Church Fort Collins are God’s New People. While we are currently privileged to meet in a beautiful historic church building, the actual church is made up of individuals. My piece conveys this by incorporating the names of current members of The Town Church, Fort Collins into the very fabric of our current building, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. The members we have sent out are grouped as a shadow on the sidewalk symbolizing God’s New People going out into the world. It serves as a snapshot of who we are at this time and in this place.
Additionally, I wanted to capture that God’s new people are global and historical as well. God’s new people are comprised not just by us but by those who have gone before. The clouds highlight a variety of names featuring Biblical individuals, leaders in the reformation movement, missionaries, civil rights activists, martyrs, humble servants, etc. God’s New People are remarkable and by His grace their influence can span across generations. My prayer for The Town Church comes from Hebrews 12: 1-2 which says, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This artwork was rendered in ink, colored pencil, and Chartpak AD markers on bond paper.
Artist: Melody Shaddix