Sunday, April 5, 2009

palm sunday

Today is the first day of Holy Week, which marks the days between Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our church will be introducing new works of art in four different genres at each of the four Holy Week services (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday). Visual artist Matt Whitney created four paintings, poet Hannah Notess wrote four poems, dancer Stephanie Moss choreographed four dances, and musician Brian Moss wrote four songs, all corresponding to this week's holy days.

The image above is the painting for today, Palm Sunday. Matt took photos of individuals from our congregation and painted them into his work, interweaving the Biblical stories with our own individual lives and stories. Our very own Jon Ballast was the model for this painting -- maybe I'm biased but I think it is absolutely amazing. I'll try to post an image of each painting on their corresponding days this week. If you're in the area, come by for one of our Holy Week services to worship with us and experience all the new art.

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