Drawn In: Living Out the Creative Life with God
It takes creativity to navigate through life these days when little seems “normal.” That’s why I’m excited about our new worship series, Drawn In: Living Out the Creative Life with God. We will discover the keys to unlock the creativity within us that can lead us to renewed energy, meaningful actions, delightful play, and creative problem-solving.
The series is inspired by Tony Bronzink’s book, “Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers.” Bronzink explores six “waves” of God’s own creative process as revealed in scripture. We will participate in special worship materials designed by The Rev. Dr. Marcia McFee from the Worship Design Studio. Additionally, we will be invited into some very practical methods for spiritual reflection that can lead us to our own breakthroughs in life.
A key question for us is to ask how we align with God’s dream for the world and our lives. That is, does God live within our dream, or do we live within God’s dream? When we live within God’s dream, the playing field becomes far larger than we can imagine. We hover around God’s dream until our response to it comes out of our deepest loves and passions. After a period of hovering, we take the risk of acting on what we have discerned. Once we have acted, we listen. We listen because we have entered new territory and need to pay attention to new information we received, because of being in a new place. Then we reintegrate our listening to further refine our vision for the world (or at least our corner of it) and adjust the course where necessary. Finally, we rest and celebrate what we and God have accomplished together.
The central image for the series is the heart because then the spiritual chambers of the heart are filled or drawn in with such things as; dreaming, hovering, listening, acting, reintegrating, and rest, the deepest desires of our hearts are satiated. This heart symbol of the communal nature of creativity will bring more love to the world. May we be filled with the joy and delight of creativity and community through the upcoming worship experience.