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Congregational craft project for upcoming sermon series


Later this month, we’re going to begin a new sermon series, Signs. In this series, we’re looking at the seven different “signs,” or miracles, recorded in the Gospel of John.

In an effort to engage our imaginations and help us lean into the magnificence and significance of these miracles, we’ve asked a few of our New City artists to take each sign and create a piece of art to reflect that sign.

During the conversations with some of the artists, we wanted a way to involve the congregation, and specifically our children, in creating art to run in tangent with this series. And as we were considering the different miracle accounts in John, our attention was drawn not only to the signs, but also to those who witnessed the signs. We were reminded of the words of Jesus from Matthew 13: “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.”

We are excited to send craft kits home with families to create ojos, a Mexican inspired craft that weaves yarn on a wooden frame to represents an eye. The finished ojos will be on display throughout our Signs series as a reminder of the call on our lives to have eyes to see the miracles of Jesus and the way he’s at work in our world.

Ojos kits will be available on Sunday (02/09) in The Commons and some folks will be demonstrating how to create the ojos for families to take home and do on their own. The ojos will need to be returned by the following Sunday (02/16) to preapare them for installation for the series. 

C.S. Lewis writes: “Each miracle writes for us in small letters something that God has already written, or will write, in letters almost too large to be noticed, across the whole canvas of nature.”

As we consider the extraordinary miracles of Jesus these next few months, may we have eyes to see how Jesus has worked and is working our world to make all things new.

Image credit: Creative Bug