I have noticed a few different churches putting artists on the stage during worship, it really interested me and i thought, what a great way to express worship, I found another post by a lady called "Mindy Painter" (handy name :)  anyways, id love to hear thoughts on this.

I once heard a story of someone being physically healed, the moment
they laid eyes on a painting that had been done during a time of
worship.  Wow!! How amazing is that?!  God uses art to bring healing!

A few months ago, I was asked to paint during worship—something I had
never done before.  My initial reaction was, “How can I do this? I
never paint with an audience.  What if I make a mistake?  Everyone will
be watching!”  I quickly realized that my concerns were all about my
performance and insecurities.  On the contrary, this was supposed to be
about worshiping God.  I needed to get out of the way and allow the Holy
Spirit to move and direct me.  It wasn’t about pleasing people, or
coming up with an incredible piece of art.  This was supposed to be a
selfless offering to my Savior.

Before the service, a group of us gathered to pray and get a sense of
what God might be doing.  I prayed for pictures, colors and ideas to
put on that blank canvas.  Sure enough, a simple picture repeatedly
entered my mind.  The Spirit was totally leading!!!

As the service began, I walked over to the blank canvas, which was
hanging slightly out of view, on a wall off to one side of the room. 
The music started, and all my concerns, fears, and insecurities
instantly vanished!  It was spectacular!!  With each brush stroke and
layer of paint, the Holy Spirit was leading me.  I was facing the wall,
my back to everyone, feeling such freedom, singing my heart out, raising
my hands, and PAINTING!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is
[Corinthians 3:17]

How does this work practically?  No matter your skill level, I would
encourage you to try this at home.

  1. Have some worship music playing in the background.
  2. Spend some time in prayer, waiting on the Holy Spirit to guide
    you and give you pictures.
  3. Go for it!!  Do whatever type of art you most enjoy…
    drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, writing, photography,
    graphic design, sewing.  There are many options.

If you’d like to try doing art during a worship gathering, I would
recommend setting up the canvas or work area out of main sight.  I know
that it can be cool to watch art being done on stage with the band, but
it can also be incredibly distracting. At our church, we have the art
area off to one side of the room.  That way, people are able to fully
focus on God rather than watching the artist’s every move, and when they
are done engaging in worship, they can have a look at what has been
created.  Also, don’t feel the pressure to have a completed work of art
during one worship-set. Take your time. It might be several weeks before
you are finished. Lastly, remember your art is an offering of worship
to God.  Once you finish a piece, let it go.  It shouldn’t matter if it
gets displayed for the whole world to see or covered up so that someone
else can create something later.

It is all about God!  May he be glorified in our art!!

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Can you explain "it allows the Holy Spirit to flow out through the artistic gifting H has put in that person"? What do you mean by that?
Here are some that I've done during worship at church, or conferences...

This is our den fireplace that I did in glass, representing the glory and fiery love of the Holy Spirit.

(c) 2009/2010 Nicki Black . All Rights Reserved. Thanks.
Nicki - what is the purpose that you have stated for including painting in your worship services?
To give our awesome Lord all the glory and worship through the creative arts, as well. :-)
What I meant was, what is the idea - to watch the painter? To have a look at the work when it's finished? Do you do this during singing, during the sermon? Are you "painting in the spirit"?
I cant answer for nicki, but we do painting just during the worship time, not through the sermon
We paint during worship, and not during the message. The painting is left up until the end of service, and then the artist takes it home. There is no "motive", other than to worship the Lord through art, as well as musical worship. If people want to watch the artist, it's no different than watching the worship team. In our church, there are never crowds gathered around the artist, because everyone is too busy WORSHIPING. :-) The exception would be the couple of young children I often see sit near me to watch. I love pouring into them, answering their questions during, and encouraging them to paint for the Lord, as well. So back to my point above, both the worship team and the artist are hopefully not performing, so what they are doing is operating out of love and adoration for Jesus, and not bringing a spotlight onto themselves. I have been blessed a number of times after I've finished a canvas during worship by someone coming up to me to tell me how God had given them the vision of exactly what I painted (this happened with my pastor's wife about 3 weeks ago with me). I also received a touching email last week from an old friend who saw one of the pieces I did recently, and she said looking at it helped heal and soothe her heart, as a dear of hers just passed away. So God uses art, just as He does musical worship, prophetically, as well as for healing broken hearts and so forth. Yes, I am personally painting in the spirit - meaning I am asking the Holy Spirit to paint through me, in His strength and creativity.

Thanks for posting those pics!! they are amazing!!
Thank you, Brad!
Nicki -- Absolutely wonderful! Filled with life, joy in every inch. Thanks for posting these! You've inspired me to add a few of my own. Usually my wife and I give ours away, but these we brought home, as they have special relationship to our present life adventures. These all begin with Scriptures and themes heard during worship band practice (on our painting day, other members conduct the rehearsal, and I just set up the art gear and soak it in).
Well, I got half of them, so I'll use this part to put my wife's on:
Thank you so much! Thanks for posting yours and your wife's, as well! Beautiful work! :-))


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