Good morning, Church, and Welcome! This week we are moving into a series on engaging with God through art. John’s message this week is talking about knowing God in the work of the renowned Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Part of the beauty in van Gogh’s work is in the way he paints and portrays humanity, and as people who are created in the image of God I hope that the message today will help renew in all of us a love for the beauty that is found in the ordinary existence of a human being – each and every one of us.
You’re Beautiful – Phil Wickham
Touch of Heaven – Hillsong Worship
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days of that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them – they are more than the sand; I come to the end – I am still with you” (Psalm 139: 13-18, NRSV).
You Know Me Better – Star Go Dim
Beautiful Things – Gungor
In art, like that of the immensely talented Vincent van Gogh, we have the privilege of creating beautiful things, a process that is reminiscent of how God makes beautiful things – a process that is honoring to the God who makes beautiful things. True, we are broken; but even all of our brokenness does not outweigh the innate beauty with which we were created, nor the immense sacrifice of Jesus that is restoring us to our intended place with God. On our own, by the very nature of our existence, we are beautiful works of art, made by our talented and perfect creator, but in the context of creation and salvation we are even more beautiful. Church, today as we live in the ordinary, I pray that we would be able to see beauty in strange and unusual places, in magnificent places, and in ordinary places all the same, because the maker of heaven and earth has built beauty into all those places and it is one of God’s great gifts for us to behold it.
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that here on our website. Thanks, and God bless!