Update: August 26, 2021
We are in the last month of planning our 7th Arts for the Kingdom event at my church. These are events where our congregation gets to use their creative gifts to glorify God and encourage his people. We choose a theme for each event, and members are encouraged to meditate on that theme and respond to it in a creative medium.
Past submissions have included a wide range of genres including painting, photographs, glassblowing, woodworking, jewelry, florals, and crafts. Our concert portion has included instrumental performances, vocal groups, poetry, dance and dramatic readings. There are also artistic culinary submissions!
Our next Arts for the Kingdom event is on September 25th, and the theme we have chosen is the Hebrew word "hesed". It is a word that occurs more than 200 times in the Hebrew texts of the OT, many of which are found in the Psalms, and is most often translated "steadfast love".
One of my favorite examples of hesed is found in Exodus, when the LORD shares His name with Moses. He says, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in "hesed" and faithfulness."
I have enjoyed encouraging our artists forward in the creation of their creative expressions, and look forward to what is sure to be a rich event! I'll be sure to share some pictures afterward.