Last night at Tenth Church 3rd Service, we celebrated Pentecost through the visual arts.
Artists from our community collaborated to create two pieces, a sculptural piece in the lobby, and a collaborative piece up on stage.
Artists were instructed to create an abstract piece in any desired medium. They were also instructed to focus on using varying shades of red, as red is the liturgical colour of Pentecost, signifying the power of the Holy Spirit and His visible appearance to believers in the early Church as tongues of fire.
Each individual piece was placed together in a collaborative mosaic, demonstrating the unity of the Church while highlighting the strengths and talents each individual brings to the community.
As the works were brought together, it became clear that a common visual story was being told in each piece. It is powerful that, while working independently, each of these artists chose to create works that depict a strong sense of movement and activity. We see concentrated colour and shapes diffusing across canvas. We see ascending and descending, encircling, reaching, growth; the movement of the Holy Spirit among a Church and a people whom are actively seeking to know God.
Through the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to actively to carry His mercy, love, and power to those around us.