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Author: Stephen Proctor

Imagining Visual Worship

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 We Have No Idea Imagine being given a glimpse of the Age to come. Go ahead…imagine! My reaction would probably be something like Jodie Foster’s at the end of “Contact”: “Some celestial event! No…no words. No words…to describe. Poetry! They should have sent a poet! So beautiful. So beautiful! So beautiful!!! I had no idea. I had no idea…” Perhaps this is what John felt in the book...

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I Dream of Visual Worship

I sat down with a friend over coffee, and I heard it again. “It sounds horrible, but sometimes I feel like going to church on Sunday is just wasting my time.” I have to be gut-wrenchingly-honest and confess I know precisely what he means. Perhaps some of you reading this have been struggling with the same thoughts as well. You are not alone. I have a deep love for the Church, and I dream of what the future holds for Her. But to me, the “Sunday morning thing” has become so predictable. (I’m thankful I can’t say this about...

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Tall Tales of Visual Worship

Introducing artistic, visual worship elements that illuminate blank sacred spaces can produce many kinds of reactions. This can make for some timely conversations about the role of art in communal worship. If you’re stepping into the realm of leading visual worship, this article is for you. When humans experience something moving, powerful, and mysterious, we want to explain it away. Our Western mindset has been conditioned to answer all questions and draw lines in the sand. We long for the mysterious, but we hate it at the same time (ie LOST). There’s nothing wrong with wanting to understand why an...

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Curating a Visual Library

Before reading, click here and ‘Like’ CreationSwap.com. If you’re into downloading thousands of high quality free church graphics, logos, photos and more, visit CreationSwap.com.   One of my all-time favorite books is “The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader,” by New Zealander Mark Pierson. In his book, Mark offers up an idea: seeing the worship event as art – art that has a “worship curator.” This person oversees and designs the experience with a holistic approach that is slightly more than you might find in today’s typical modern worship services. Being a curator is much more than leading...

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