The Culture Crawl is this weekend, so the Eastside will be crawling with creativity!
As human beings we are creative by nature, as Christians we believe this is because we are made in God’s image, and God is our creator! You don’t have to prowl through the studios in East Vancouver to find God’s creativity. You see it when you step outside, or when you look in the mirror!
Our opinions on art are subjective. Have you ever looked at a painting or sculpture with a friend and thought “this is rubbish,” while they are enamoured with its beauty? Or listened to a piece of music that moved you to tears, while your spouse asked you to “turn off that racket!” We may not find the beauty in things that others do, but God sees the beauty in all creation.
“God is creativity.
There’s something intrinsic to how God is conceived in the Bible that pulses with creativity.
In the beginning God created…
In the Hebrew imagination, the creative act of this God takes place first through speech. God, in Genesis 1 is a poet generating worlds. God says, ‘Let there be light,’ and there is light.
In Genesis 2, we see God crossing artistic genres. In the creation story of Genesis 2, God is not a poet, but a sculptor and gardener, too.
God makes the heavens and the earth, forms the first human from the dust, breathes into the human’s nostrils the breath of life, plants a garden in Eden, and makes fruitful trees grow…
John’s gospel picks this up the divine-creative theme centuries later: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, through him all things were made.’
Christ the Word, or in the Hebrew Bible, the Wisdom-Sophia, is present at creation, birthing and making and creating life….
In Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, and resurrection, God is revealed through all of human experience, which means that God is not only present in the typically beautiful or pretty things.
Or, rather, maybe God’s beauty contains the tragedy and the pain. Karl Barth says, ‘God’s beauty embraces death as well as life, fear as well as joy, what we might call ugly as well as what we might call the beautiful.’
All of the arts, and ultimately all of reality, is an invitation to encounter God’s presence in the death, life, fear, joy, ugliness, and beauty of our own lives and world.”
Like you I received Fr. Kevin’s letter encouraging us to consider prayerfully how to respond to the call for a renewed commitment of generosity toward the church and its ministry, recognizing that all we have comes from God. Time, talents, treasure. These are the categories. At this time of year I find myself focussed on […]
[The St. James’ Street Outreach Initiative has benefited greatly from this program.] care + share has been helping to fund a wide variety of ministries in our diocese since 2011. The ministries are supported for a two-year period to help them to expand and strengthen their work. Every two years Synod selects and affirms from […]
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“All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you.” At our Dedication Festival on 6 October, St. James’ gave thanks for our Founders and Benefactors (who built our magnificent church with no little self-sacrifice), for faithful worshippers gone before us, and for the worship, witness and ministry […]
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On Sunday afternoon at 4.00 pm the Choir will lead us in Choral Evensong, one of the glories of Anglican worship. After the anthem, the priest will set on the altar the monstrance (from the Latin “to show”), a stand with a glass “clock-face” surrounded by a gold sunburst in which the consecrated bread, “the […]