Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love
Mary Stained Glass

Creator, Composer, Author, Artist

Creator, Composer, Author, Artist

  1. GENESIS – Where do we begin?
    1. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
    2. Like this message, all things have a starting point (all things but God)
      1. The cosmos
      2. Our world
      3. Humankind
      4. Your pastor
  1. Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children. William Makepeace Thackeray
  2. May I introduce you all to my Mom? … Helen
    1. The historic name that launched a thousand ships
    2. Moreso the one who bore me into this world & taught me
      1. To clean up after myself & consider others before myself.
      2. To value education, even at a personal sacrifice.
      3. To recognize beauty & potential in others … and myself.
      4. To accept and love all people for exactly who they are.
      5. To fight for those you love, even if it you have to track them around the world & undertake a perilous pursuit for them.
      6. To never quit.
      7. To be thoughtful, grateful, listening, & a peacemaking healer.
      8. Like all of you, I will say of my Mom, that I am who I am because of the creative artistry that is motherhood; reflecting Imago Dei
  1. Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in & pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body & soul. John Muir
  1. Creator – Our God is the ultimate Creator … prime Creator of all things
    1. The heavens are telling the glory of God; the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
    2. For in God all things in heaven and on earth were created (Col.1:16)
    3. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    4. God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. Pablo Picasso
  2. Composer – The ultimate composer & conductor of life’s ongoing score.
    1. David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their kindred as the singers to play on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise loud sounds of joy. (1 Chronicles 15:16)
    2. be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing & making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
    3. Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor. Martin Luther
    4. The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices. Martin Luther
    5. Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. Martin Luther
  3. Author – Sola Scriptura? God speaks & invites humans to write the Word.
    1. looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of ourfaith (Hebrews12:2)
    2. Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the wall of the royal palace, next to the lampstand. (Daniel 5:5)
    3. You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. (Deuteronomy 11:18)
    4. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. (John 8:6)
    5. Author & Nobel Prize winner André Gide wrote, Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
    6. Famous author of Inferno, Dante Alighieri, wrote Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.
  4. Artist – All this paints God as the greatest artist, rather than grumpy judge
    1. The Lord spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. (Exodus 31:1-5)
    2. He has filled them with skill to do every kind of work done by an artisan or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of artisan or skilled designer. (Exodus 35:35)
    3. God has given us an imagination, and our imagination is really the principle tool from which all creativity and artistry comes from. Erwin McManus
    4. Think of the mobiles of God, the Artist, brought forth by the wind that He created. The wind, blowing in the trees, swaying the grass,
      bending a field of wheat as a ballet, rising again, bending again. The spray of the ocean, wild waves against rocks bringing forth a curve of spray, a mobile of spray.
      Edith Schaeffer
    5. .. is the shadow of God on the universe. Gabriela Mistral
    6. Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  5. REVELATION – What has been revealed to us?
    1. In nature we see where God has been. In our fellow man, we see where He is still at work. Robert Brault
    2. The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, & there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, & there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, … just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand … (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
    3. Do you hear the language here? Language of a potter’s sculpting artistry rather than a schoolmaster’s test grading; gentle shaping & molding.
    4. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

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