The tan brick walls in our sanctuary can seem pretty drab, so in 2016 Mari-Clare Wolz began to help us create a yearly art display to coincide with the themes covered in our weekly exposition of Scripture. Since Tommy and Audie King joined Calvary East in 2017, they have also played a major role in creating these displays.
We began with bright blue and green waves on banners and large square panels to convey the life-giving power of God’s grace that we learned about in Ephesians. As we studied Judges, Song of Solomon, and the first few chapters of Luke in 2017, we portrayed God’s light shining in the darkness with a burst of color emanating from the cross on canvases of several different sizes. Then in 2018 we sought to capture the focus on following Christ in Luke 3-11. We filled the wall with sharp blue, yellow, and grey chevrons on stark white backgrounds pointing to the cross.
As we continue our study of Luke’s Gospel throughout 2019, I plan to teach through chapters 12-21. Luke 19:10 sums up this section well. It says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus demonstrates this compassionate drive to reach the lost and teaches it to his disciples with a series of pictures. We selected five of them.
- In Luke 11:33-36, he attempts to persuade the Pharisees to open their eyes to God’s truth by describing the eye as the lamp of the body.
- The fig bearing sycamore tree is mentioned on three occasions. He points to it to explain that he wants his people to bear fruit (13:6-9); he finds Zacchaeus up in one (19:4); and then he uses it to speak of preparing for his return (21:29-31).
- In 15:3-7 he describes his heart for the lost by telling the parable of the lost sheep.
- He continues this focus in 15:8-10 with the parable of the lost coin. But he also refers to money on several other occasions: the parable of the shrewd steward (16:1-13); his conversations with the rich young ruler (18:18-30) and Zacchaeus the tax collector (19:1-10); his parable of the minas (19:11-27); his critics testing him with a denarius (20:19-26); and his observation of the widow’s mite (21:1-4).
- Our final image is of a grapevine representing the parable of the vineyard from 20:9-17. In this powerful story, Jesus foretells his rejection by the Jews as the culmination of their rejection of the Old Testament prophets.
To portray these images, our team painted 48 inch square glass panes to resemble the historic stained glass that has been used in churches for centuries. As you see them each week in our worship services, our hope is that they will encourage you to display and declare the saving compassion of Christ to the people with whom you interact.
– Bryan Craddock