LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Monday, June 09, 2008

Worship: The Work of Art

I don't often talk about art in the context of worship because that subject is already covered pretty well. But I am interested in the role that art plays in worship, particularly individual worship versus corporate worship. The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote on this topic that first appeared in The Lookout, September 15, 2002:

In his book, Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity (IVP, 2002) Michael Card writes, "God is beautiful. His beauty demands a response that is shaped by beauty. And that is art."

Art can lead us to express worship to God. Both an artist creating a work and a person experiencing a work of art can be moved to deep and meaningful communion with our Lord.

"That is what true worship is--a response," writes Card. "Because it is a response, it does not originate with me. He speaks. He moves. He is beautiful. We respond. We create. We worship...The call to creativity is the call to worship."

When have you been moved to worship God the Creator because of a work of art, whether your own or someone else's? Leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

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