Creative fuZion

It's Creative fuZion day over on Dorothy's site, where we all get together and share something creative that we've done.

I guess some people wonder where I got my bent for visuals in worship. I don't know that I could place my finger on a certain day or event (I've always enjoyed arts, photography, etc) but I guess my connection with it in worship began with the Technology For Worship Conference in Dallas when The Midnight Oil team talked about Metaphors and what was happening at Granger Community Church. It was like a light bulb went off and I said "yeah, I get it, I see it and love it--give me some more"

I did some visuals at my church in the late 90's but it wasn't until 2001 when I landed at a church in the Metroplex that was moving to a new facility with large screens and lighting that I began to see the potential for this in worship. The above pics are from that church.

This was our ORDINARY DAY WITH JESUS in January of 2004. Some people called it our Mardi Gras Set. It was the next step in our use of visuals. These are just ordinary (no pun intended) items from Lowes; concrete forms painted for the columns; insulation board and my all time favorite, Wal Mart $1 fabric.

During this series we also did worship pathway stations (based upon the book SACRED PATHWAYS (by Gary Thomas) where we had the congregation identify their pathway. (Boy, I took some hits from our ultra traditionalist when they came into the room that day--I remember our Interim Pastor coming up to me with my emotional blood on my hands and him saying "Don't own that--that's their issue-not yours"- Thanks Bruce for that!) Oh by the way, I'm a Sensate, if you couldn't tell.

Alright, in honor of Mardi Gras (just passed) I present my stage design for ORDINARY DAY.

Test your Sacred Pathway here.

Where did you get your bent for visuals in worship?


dorothy (vicar of vibe) said...

I really like the shapes that you incorporated into this design. I'll have to check out concrete forms...
Had to laugh, I'm actually heading out to Wal-Mart in a little bit to peruse the (now) $1.50 table.
Took the test and I am an enthusiast and sensate... No surprise there.
Hard for me to pin point the when.
I have always been an extrapolator. I see snippets and then think, "Wow, what if I did..."
I used to incorporate the designs into youth camps (18 years).
Tried to start new worship services. But, have big boot prints on my back from those.
I simply know that I have always seemed to just do something similar to this.
Then I joined our creative team a year ago and it has just exploded.
I LOVE serving God in this manner.
Thanks for posting friend...

dorothy (vicar of vibe) said...

Oh and a great turn of words "emotional blood"...
I wish I had someone protecting my emotional blood earlier on.
I definately have more supportNow it simply frustrates me, but I forge ahead confident in what I think God is calling me to do.