Let us worship God as the Great I AM,
who is who He is because He is!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
When someone asks you to mention a famous artist, what names and works come to mind? Van Gogh and his Starry Night? Monet’s Water Lilies? DaVinci’s cryptic Mona Lisa? How about the Lord God and his master creation, “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)?
Our God is the First Artist. Out of his creation come all our creations. Only he created something out of nothing. We create something out of something - out of the shapes, colors, sounds, materials, and forces that he has already brought into being.
For the Christian, art needs no defense. It is a human act done in imitation of our First Creator, the Lord God. And so there is a direct and inerasable line between art and the church.
I invite you to enjoy the drawings on display in our Atrium. They are the workmanship of Heather McMordie, a Christian artist in Philadelphia. She describes them this way:
The slow development of an image under my pencil and the lifelong evolution of a person's character are mirrored in the cycle of geological erosion and deposition. The works I create reference stone, soil, water and the dynamic relationship that exists between these elements.
Our own Jeff Richmond-Moll comments further:
By exploring ideas like pressure, growth, and transformation through the metaphor of geology, Heather’s drawings find parallels between the human condition and the natural order of things. In her prints, three ideas converge: (1) the pressure of her creative practice, whether literally (the pen on the page) or psychologically (pressure to produce, to provide, to find acceptance); (2) the physically transformative processes that occur in the geological depths of God’s world; and (3) the way God works above and below the surface of our own lives, impressing His truth upon us and inviting us to be changed.
Make sure you look at all seven drawings on display in the Atrium.