Liturgical Art for Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit!
This altar frontal is 21” x 26”, and has four sections, each made using the 'log cabin' foundation piecing technique, with added top-stitching and applique.

This is a close-up of a frontal section, using red contemporary cotton prints that connote the intensity of 'fire' and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The second altar frontal in this Red set has a slightly different flame design, and same design-pattern; placed on each side of the altar, they are an intense presence and reminder of the 'tongues of fire' of the first Pentecost.


  This Red chasuble and stole are Pastoral vestments worn by the Celebrant for Holy Communion; they are made from fabrics matching the altar frontals, and Red polyester peach-skin. (The stole is usually worn underneath the chasuble during communion.)  Red is a Liturgial-festival color, for Pastoral ordinations installations, confirmations, and Church anniversaries. 


This is a detail on the stole, right side.

The left side of the stole features applique flame-details.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Serving through Art for Worship,

Karen Godecke
Liturgical Artist  


Liturgical Art for Easter, 2016


Layers of stenciled, spray-painted cloth, and a commercial-print, on a background of bold yellow proclaim the early morning Easter empty-tomb discovery at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:
Christ has arisen, alleluia.  Rejoice and praise Him, alleluia.
For our Redeemer burst from the tomb,
Even from death, dispelling its gloom. (#466, Lutheran Service Book)


Christ has arisen, He sets us free;  Alleluia, to Him praises be. 
Jesus is living!  Let us all sing; He reigns triumphant, heavenly King. 
( #466, Lutheran Service Book) 



Good Friday Community Service, Trinity Lutheran School Gym, 2016

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

For Good Friday, the school stage was transformed into a somber chancel area, with a central black-draped altar-table; the back of the altar-top featured a black-screen-covered Styrofoam board frieze of 12 multi-sized devotional crosses attached with nails – a visual 'middle-ground', which framed the lower portion of a white background-screen, where six fine Art slides were discreetly projected at various intervals during the worship service. The photo above features the final Art image at the Recessional (Crucifixion, Redon, Oil on card, 1910). 


Palm Sunday, 2016
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

The design of this Palm Sunday frontal originated from a paper-piecing Phoenix palm (by Linda Causee), which was modified and includes 4  sections, which are 22” x 26”.  Based on a slim, triangle shape, the overall effect evokes thorn-shapes, nails, sword and spear-shapes as well as palm-leaves – all key elements in Christ's Passion – The Way to The Cross.


Worshipers at Trinity Lutheran Church processed into the sanctuary waving their palm branches during the first hymn; they stopped at the chancel-edge, and placed their branches into glass vases (held by ushers), two vases holding all branches were placed on the altar at the processional-end, a symbol of their Hosanna-praise-offering.  (The palm branches were available after the service to those who wanted to take one home.)

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord!

Serving, through Art for Worship,
Karen Godecke
Liturgical Artist



Liturgical Art for the Epiphany Season

Trinity Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts. (Ps. 117; 96.8)


Epiphany highlights our responsibility to extend Christ's kingdom through 'mission', and is a 'Green' season, a color of symbolic growth. The chancel hangings reflect this emphasis; the flowers reference world-wide blooms.


The hangings were made using a variety of accessible, commonplace materials including yarn, glue, and paint. Naomi Pfeil, an Ecclesiastical Art major at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, completed them for a mid-semester Art practicum with Karen Godecke.

The 'star-cross' white and green altar frontals are a reminder to 'show forth' the Gospel and love in Jesus' Name, to all corners of the earth.

These altar frontals are designed from a basic 'hibiscus log cabin' pattern that is foundation-pieced, and are finished as paraments.

A green pastoral stole with a rainbow of color conveys the theme of Gospel outreach and inclusiveness; also foundation-pieced, this process is accessible to sewers of all skill levels.

Available materials and processes can be used to ascribe to the Lord ...'the glory due his name'!

Serving through Art for Worship,

Karen Godecke
Liturgical Artist