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This Month’s Artist is Dirkje Legerstee – Angels in Human Skin
Scripture: Psalm 40:1-11
Psalm 40, a vivid, physical testimony of being heard, seen, helped begins with these words, I waited patiently for God; and God inclined unto me, and heard my cry; and becomes a song of praise. The Psalmist praises God’s steadfast love and offers a glimpse of what it is like to be wanted – called. Witnessing to the delight of living in the ways of God’s life-giving law; and wanting to remain in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness the writer echoes Samuel’s call, “Here I am”.
Being “Called” can happen in many ways. God allows us the opportunity to use who we are and what we offer to the world in the service of God’s love. Receiving God’s call is an extravagant gift of love. By calling us, God says to us, you are seen, you are known, and you are loved.
ARTChurch this month will use this Psalm and the experience of ‘call’ to reflect on the testimony of Dirkje’s work – of her call and journey of being heard, seen, and helped.
Prayer for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Faithful God, you call, claim, and send believers into the world with your radiant love. Help us to live as ones who are called, claimed, and sent with your blessing, journeying to the places and spaces where we are called to share our light and your love. Amen.
About ARTChurch: Inspired by the rich spirituality and deep themes inherent in art, ARTChurch looks at scripture and liturgy through the lens of the art installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC. On the second Sunday of each month, we experience the Holy—and the holy in each other—through the images, colors, themes and creative energies of the installation, the artist’s perspective and that which is seen by the observer.