When men and women have a face-to-face encounter with God throughout the Bible, one thing you notice is that words are hard to come by.
They find it difficult to find the right phrase to describe what they are experiencing.
William Rainey, Lead Staff Pastor, said it to me this way recently: “What I’m trying to describe is much smaller than what actually happened.”
What a beautiful way to describe meeting with God!
This is my precise sentiment as I reflect upon Bridges: A night of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. Not only did we meet with God, but we did so in surprising and wonderful ways.
One dear sister on our staff team described it as wandering through the desert and then walking underneath a waterfall. Refreshing and encouraging. Friends, we met with God.
A huge thank you to all the teams involved who rehearsed, set up, made food, greeted, and to those who hopped in to pray for our brothers and sisters at the drop of a hat.
If you ever wondered what a part of heaven would sound like, it sounded like Monday night!
And now, I wanted to take a moment to explain the sermon art for our Mark series, which you may have seen on social media recently, or in service on Sunday.
Here is designer Becky Miller’s beautifully described message to me as we were developing it!
This isn’t your typical look for a sermon series. It’s in the Bauhaus style of Saul Bass, which is a little quirky and odd.
That seemed to fit Jason’s tone, too. The messiah didn’t come in the way that was expected, but it was strange, weird, and odd.
First of all, the eye travels up from the bottom lefthand side to the right where it plummets down with the title,
taking the focus to this lion that spans two spaces but in very different ways. This lion is both human and God.
Mark is “fast-paced” and shows the Lion of Judah bounding from scene to scene. This idea is encapsulated with the left side of the screen where the circles pack in the space.
The colors represent three different ideas. Black and white represent the truth —decisions we all have to make about Jesus. Blue represents heaven and red represents sacrifice.
Truth, Heaven, and Sacrifice. To me, these are symbolic of the come-and-die, take-up-your-cross-and-follow message—the completely counter-cultural experience of Jesus in every way culminating with his sacrificial death.
Mark’s focal point is Jesus, which is depicted by the sense of the title rushing to the lion.
The book ends abruptly at the resurrection, hence the hard stop of the color and the hard stop of the lion. Yet the lion continues to move through the Holy Spirit — which you can see in the after-effects of the lion.
There’s a post-resurrection narrative that Mark doesn’t address and yet all the elements of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit, the reality of heaven, and Jesus’ sacrifice are powerful and begin a movement.
As always, big thanks to Becky for her hard work!!