Grace Commons has partnered with Christos Collective, a non-profit organization established to highlight artists who share, educate and showcase the word of God and the Good News of the Gospel through their art. Reflect and enjoy their Lenten artwork below or in person on Sunday mornings through Easter Sunday.
To be redeemed means that you have been saved from the sin that you have committed and the consequences of that sin. The story of Nehemiah in the Bible is one of the most perfect examples of REDEMPTION.
After 70 years in exile, the Jews went back to their home in Jerusalem and REBUILT the temple. They were able to worship God in their own land, but the city was still in ruins. When Nehemiah heard that, “the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire,” (Neh 1:3) he gained permission from the Persian King, Artaxerxes, to RESCUE the city. Although Nehemiah got push back from leaders in surrounding cities, he was able to finish within 52 days. Nehemiah also restored economic justice by reprimanding the wealthy for taking advantage of the poor. Later, Nehemiah and Ezra brought spiritual REVIVAL to Jerusalem by reading the laws of Moses to the people. The people were then able to REPENT and REDEDICATE their lives to obeying and following the path of God.
Note: many of the pieces are for sale. Pricing and contact information are available by clicking on the images.
A collaborative Lenten painting between Tierra Morton Lalk & Kathy Self, Christos Collective artists, and the Grace Commons congregation.
The four bars represent four paths of spiritual renewal:
rescue | repentance | rededication | rebuilding
Each pathway is energized and defined by the power of absolute grace. As God calls us to follow Him in these areas, He daily washes away all the stains of our sins and sorrows.
The vibrant colors in the background tell the story of his grace working in our souls. The deep reds and violets echo the Passion of Christ on the Cross. The peaceful blues remind us of the waters of baptism. The sparkling greens reveal the promise of being fruitful and flourishing as the Holy Trinity prepares the soil of our souls.
When you visit the Lenten Art Exhibit on Sunday morning, you are invited to take a square of vellum, and prayerfully write on it a word that describes how God’s grace is active in your life through rescue, repentance, rebuilding, and rededication. These words will be attached to the painting, creating a beautiful expression of the Lord’s redemptive work in all our lives. You may also send your word to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The finished piece will be unveiled on Easter Sunday.