Category Archives: Art

Steadfast: A Study of James

On January 22 we began a new sermon series in the book of James. The sermon series is called STEADFAST. God has blessed The Town Church with so many gifted artists who have helped with this sermon series – everything from title graphics, video bumpers, notebooks and stage design. Our Creator as given us many creative people to help us in our study of James. Take a look at some of the work below!

Judges (sermon series art)

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On May 31st we began a series in the book of Judges. We will spend 11 weeks looking at the ongoing cycle in the book of Judges. The general nature of the cycle is something like this:

  1. The people of God do what is evil in the sight of God.
  2. The anger of God burns against them.
  3. God hands them over to an enemy.
  4. The people cry out to God (at times in repentance).
  5. God raises up a deliverer (judge) to deliver the people from the enemy.
  6. There is rest or renewal in the land.
  7. The deliverer dies.
  8. The cycle repeats.

This cycle is seen most clearly in Judges 3:7-11 with the judge Othniel. To simplify this cycle, we have shortened it – REBELLION | REPENTANCE | RENEWAL | REPEAT.

As is the case with every sermon series, we have a very talented artist (Andrew Steger) who has come up with imagery to help us remember the themes we’ll be seeing throughout the book. The image chosen for this series is a zoetrope. What is a zoetrope? Good question.

The name zoetrope comes from two Greek words for “life” and “turning.” The zoetrope was invented before film animation existed to produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings to show the progressive phases of that motion. This device consists of a cylinder with vertical slits cut into the side of the cylinder. Inside the cylinder is a row of sequenced images. As the cylinder spins, the viewer looks through the slits at the rotating images. The scanning of the slits keeps the images from blurring together, and the viewer sees a rapid succession of images, producing the illusion of ongoing, cyclical motion.

Here is a quick video explaining the process.

Andrew used the zoetrope image for the book of Judges to clearly communicate the ongoing cycle in the narrative – REBELLION | REPENTANCE | RENEWAL | REPEAT.

Below is the video bumper we are using to intro our series on Sunday mornings. In the video below you will see a man walking (representing God’s people). As the man walks, a burden is placed on his back which leads to confession and crying out to God. You will then notice the hand of God placing a judge in front of the burdened man, pointing forward away from the enemy. As the man follows the judge, you will notice several colored hands reaching up to distract the man (representing the sin of falling back into idol worship) – and the cycle continues.

We are thankful for the creativity of so many who are a part of the ministry of The Town Church. The work they produce is one of the ways the truth of God is communicated to us. To God be the glory!

Made Alive

On August 24th we began a sermon series in the book of Ephesians. One of our talented artists (Major Chisholm) put together an entire series of paintings based on the book of Ephesians. Read his statement and look at the images below. The size of this painting commands the attention of the viewer, but you will have to experience that in person. Stop by the building this Sunday.

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But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2: 4-6
 
Made Alive was one of the hardest concepts for me to express in a painting.  As an abstract expressionist painter this verse didn’t lend any of the iconic credo one wishes it would.  Instead I looked at the verse in two ways.  The first from Gods perspective and the second from mans perspective. “God being rich in mercy…made us alive with Christ.” The idea that God sacrificed His son for our salvation is displayed through the silver line bleeding into the casket and taking us to the white circle at the top of the painting -representing fellowship with God. 
 
Man’s perspective is deserving of death.  The casket.  A place of finality – “Even when we were dead in our trespasses.”  What we deserve but have not given is this; God “made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” 
 
The silver line descends from heaven into our caskets, the place from which we can never remove ourselves.  We have to be removed from death and brought into life.  Only then are we Made Alive.  
 
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Made Alive – 24×36 – Acrylic

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Adoption

On August 24th we began a sermon series in the book of Ephesians. One of our talented artists (Major Chisholm) put together an entire series of paintings based on the book of Ephesians. This Sunday (September 7) we will be looking at Ephesians 1:5-6. In these verses Paul talks about our loving God’s adoption of those He’s chosen and predestined. Below is a brief statement about one of Major’s paintings called ADOPTION. Read his statement and look at the images below. The size of this painting commands the attention of the viewer, but you will have to experience that in person. Stop by the building this Sunday.

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Ephesians 1 : 5 says he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”

I’ve long been interested in adoption.  The act of adoption points to the ability
 of selflessly grafting a child into the inheritance of the family.  This is what God has done for those who have been chosen before the foundation of the world.  He has done this in His Son Jesus.

In ADOPTION I chose to show the unconditional love of the parent to the child through the child holding the fingers of his loving parent. The child is being led by the parent to Christ.  The silver line in each of the paintings in this series represents Christ.  

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Visual Vision & Mission

God has blessed The Town Church with many talented artists. We believe they have been placed at The Town Church to be used by God in helping us communicate the truths of God to our people.

Every year we have been in existence as a church, we have worked through our Vision and Mission. We typically talk through these things in the late summer or early fall when things are settling back into a more routine schedule for families and students. Our Vision as a church is to see the gospel transform everything. We believe this vision will be accomplished through our mission as we worship God in community, love others, engage the culture and seek to make disciples of Jesus.

A few years ago we asked Andrew Steger to design four icons that would help us in remembering our mission.missionbar

Once Andrew designed these icons, we wanted to be able to use them in a way that would regularly remind us of our mission. We asked another one of our artists, Major Chisholm, to make these icons into large paintings that we could place in our sanctuary as regular reminders of our mission.Majorpainting

In August of 2012, Major revealed a new finished piece of work each week as we walked through each aspect of our mission. Week 2

Week3Week4We are thankful for the hours of work Andrew and Major have put into making our Vision and Mission a part of our regular gathered worship experience. Next time you are in our sanctuary, take time to look at each painting. There are hidden details pertaining to our mission in each piece. Find Andrew and Major and ask them to explain why they did what they did in each piece.Final