Sunday
Apr172016

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) 

 

Sunday
Apr172016

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). 

Sunday
Apr172016

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

 

Thursday
Jan282016

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

Tuesday
Dec292015

Faith - Seals

Christmas, 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Martin Luther designed his 'faith-seal' nearly 500 years ago. HIs idea was modified so all church members could participate in 'community-made Art for Worship', and design their individual seal in the following way: A mandala coloring book with thirty designs was adapted by adding center hearts and crosses. These were printed on blue, green, yellow, pink, beige and gray card stock.

Multi-age members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were asked to add their own color combinations using crayons, which gave the designs a shiny, bold surface. The faith-seals were then cut out, and various colors of tulle/net were added to create a textured circumference, and buttons were sewn in the design-centers. The seals were shaped into concave forms and stapled. A simple card stock hanger was added to the back of each design, for hanging.

Approximately ninety faith-seals were hung on the chancel Christmas tree, and on three-foot vertical panels in the nave. The lights on the Christmas tree created a 'net-glow' around each seal, which added to their beauty and meaning!


Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts... (Col 3:15)
at Christmas, and always!

Serving through Art for Worship,
Karen Godecke
Liturgical Artist