Posted by: Philip Rushton | August 13, 2013

Night Of The Arts

I am looking forward to our night of the arts tomorrow. We have 18 different performances lined up. We will have artists, musicians and poets ranging from age 7 to 90! The event will take place from 6:30-8:00pm on the lawn outside of the church.

As a pastor I think it is important for us to celebrate and encourage the arts. The biblical story gives us plenty reasons for why the arts are important to our faith. In Exodus 35, for example, artistic ability and skill are considered a gift of the Spirit. Moses says: “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” In 1 Chronicles 15:16 we read, “David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.” We know from David’s life that music was an important part of his spiritual life.

Scripture also tells us that we have a God who is creative. The whole story of scripture begins with the statement, “in the beginning God created.” In the New Testament we are told that God came to earth to take on human form so that he might explain God to us (John 1:14-18). This incarnational action of God informs the vocation of the artist. It reminds us that God is not a disembodied entity; rather, he is a God who communicates to us through the medium of creation.

As David says in the psalms, we are to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” As Protestants we have often focused on the cerebral part of discipleship. We are a wordy people that often resort to logic and argument to explain God. This is not bad in and of itself; however, the arts help us experience God at a new level. We are not just to read and think about how God is good, we are to taste and see! The arts transcend the limits of words and facilitate an experiential type of encounter with the living God.

I am excited to have the opportunity to encourage and support our musicians and artists. We would love to have you all join us for what should be a great night of fellowship, worship and celebration of the arts.

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