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Faces of our faith

During the summer Hollywood often brings us movies about superheroes.  

But what about the heroes of the Christian faith? Who are they and what makes them heroes?

This summer we'll be taking a closer look at a few heroes of the Bible,  including some who are often overlooked.

Sermon series begins on July 29th

8:15 & 10:30 am

July 29th - Samuel

August  5th - Adam & Eve

August 12th - Puah & Shiphrah

August 19th - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

August 26th - Deborah

Bible Study begins on August 1st

(Scroll down for details and to sign up)!

As we learn about the Faces of Our Faith, we also  have a fun activity planned to help you put a Name with a Face. Just click here to learn a little more about the event and when you can participate. 

faces of our faith

the art

Throughout this sermon series you will see a variety of accompanying art work.  

Below you will find some more information from the various artists about their art work and what it means to them.

  • At Last (Adam & Eve)

    by Sarah Are

    Colored by Lauren Wright Pittman

    I love this story of Adam and Eve.

    For generations people have abused this story, trying to imply that women are less than men because Eve came second, but that is not the point of this story. The power of this story is not in the order. The power of this story is in a God that saw how humans need one another, and in Adam’s first testimony of belonging. 

    Before Eve, Adam was alone—truly alone—and you and I both know that we as humans need one another. It’s the way we’re wired!

    God sees Adam’s isolation and responds. God transforms that deep human loneliness into deep human belonging through new creation.

    What amazes me most about this story is Adam’s response. It would be so human of Adam to focus on their differences, to be hesitant in his welcome, or to act superior for being made first. However, instead of focusing on their differences, Adam immediately celebrates their connection. It’s as if Adam says, “At last! I have been waiting for someone to belong to, and even though we look different, we are made from the same God, so you and I, we belong together.” 

    Can’t you just hear Adam’s sigh of relief? Can’t you imagine how deeply his heart must have ached in his own human isolation, and how quickly that must have changed at the sight of her face?

    I wonder just how different this world would be if we saw strangers and friends like Adam sees Eve. You the refugee, you the convict; you who is black or white, old or young, gay or straight—you are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. You and I, we belong together. May we never forget it.

    —Sarah Are

  • They Said No (Shiphrah & Puah)

    by Lisle Gwynn Garrity

    Pharaoh’s plan is a clever one. In an attempt to obliterate the Hebrews, he enlists midwives to pull a quick-handed maneuver by smothering any Hebrew baby boys seconds

    after birth so that their mothers will believe they are stillborn. The more this happens, the more the Hebrew people will believe that their fertility—their life-force—is diminished. Progeny was everything, for the ability to procreate determined the survival, legacy, and strength of a tribe. Pharaoh doesn’t just want them dead, he wants to eradicate their identity, their resilience.

    But, instead, two gutsy women throw a wrench in his plans. Shiphrah and Puah are the only women in this story to be named, which we know is a rarity in scripture, so when it happens, it’s as if the author is flashing blinking lights on the page that say, “Pay attention to them!” What we see is the first known instance of civil disobedience in recorded history. They say no.

    These midwives, these lowest-of-the-low-status-women who likely had no husbands, who were simply glorified servants, who, themselves, may have been deemed infertile and therefore useless to a family system, risk everything to say no.

    Through this simple but mighty act, they change the course of history so that, many, many years later, another baby boy born into a dark world of genocide might also survive and flourish and grow up to redeem the world.

    In this painting, these hands represent the women’s resistance. They are the hands that said no to a power-hungry ruler but yes to a God of justice—to a God who transforms a story of massacre into one of liberation. The impact of their actions, like the waters of the Nile, ripples out far beyond them.

    —Lisle Gwynn Garrity

  • The Fire Inside (Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego)

    by Hannah Garrity

    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego exemplified courage as they walked with the presence of God among the flames. Their trust in God overcame the human tendency to fear. This painting portrays the grandeur of God intersecting with the fearfulness of humanity. “Be not afraid” is a notable refrain in the bible. It speaks to the utmost importance of courage and the weighty influence of fear on our actions. In this image I tackle a meeting between God and fear.

    Each face presents a determined expression in the face of adversity. God’s impervious and emboldening courage is represented by a landscape in the background. Panels of translucency hide God’s fearlessness from us intermittently. The panels and open spaces represent the struggle with fear and fearlessness that we face as human beings. The faces of determination, faces strengthened by God’s courage, emerge in the space where our view of God’s strength is blocked. Here, our human struggle with fear is personified in the positive. Even when we cannot clearly see, God’s courage is within us.

    —Hannah Garrity

  • In Tune (Deborah)

    by Lauren Wright Pittman

    In the midst of the oppression of her people, Deborah creates space for channeling God’s wisdom. In the chaos of war she finds stillness under a palm tree and tunes herself to God’s voice.

    When I’m in far less stressful situations than direct oppression and imminent war, I struggle to remember to turn to God for council or comfort. In response to anxiety, instead of fostering an environment to receive God’s direction, I often turn inward and try to carry the burden of the world on my own. I also have a hard time trusting my intuition. When I feel a tugging on my heart, I often ignore it, devaluing my thoughts, insights, and emotions, and because of this, I fear I miss God’s movement altogether. 

    The wisdom of Deborah lies in her willingness to create space. Deborah shows us that, in stillness, practicing attending to God with fierce trust, we can sift through the chaos of this world and align ourselves with the movement of God.

    Create spaces for yourself where you can get in tune with God. Trust your intuition, share your insights with others, and use your voice. When you feel God tugging on your heart and calling you to move, try practicing fierce trust and leaving your comfort zone.

    In this image, Deborah stands firm under her palm tree with her hand open, signifying her openness to God’s wisdom and to sharing her voice with others. The chariots of war loom in the distance, but the chariots are empty because, in the midst of impending war, this prophetess can see God’s victory before it even takes place. 

     —Lauren Wright Pittman

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