Last year a girlfriend asked me to paint a picture for her house. I said “No”. I know I am a great friend. What I actually said was, “No, why don’t you come over and paint it yourself.” she said “I don’t know how to paint.” Well, sistah neither did I until I picked up a brush and started playing around. I told her I would teach her. Then another girlfriend came over, and another and another and every week we gathered to love and laugh and create together all immersed within the presence of the Creator. Then I guess the guys got kind of ticked and started asking if they could come or if it was only for the ladies. Well, you know me, I hate exclusion including gender exclusion so we said, heck ya, come on along and join our song.
We started kicking around the idea with a few friends about creating an artist collective and the Proskyneo Collective was born. Initially we felt like we should do 4 ecumenical worship gatherings this year and see what God was doing with it. Now it seems weekly, we have like minded kingdom peeps showing up at our house to eat and sing and create. A community of God’s people that would create beauty in the world. A space where everyone gets to play regardless of what church you go to on Sunday morning. Where worship and creativity are blessed. Where people are encouraged to think about their life and express themselves through art. A place where dreams are sparked and mission developed.
Now a days we are praying about producing a cd of all original worship songs and a possible gallery showing of original photography and paintings. I hear rumblings that a pottery wheel will be showing up soon. Wow isn’t that cool. I would love to see how art and the poor intersect. Can we bring beauty inspired by the CREATOR into the poorest in our community and by doing so usher in a deeper level of God’s kingdom among them? I for one would like to see what God could do with something like that.
We have taught many people how to play the guitar and now they are debuting leading worship in their own small groups as I type. Those who have never picked up a brush before in their life, are playing around with color. People are starting to pick up cameras and shoot the beauty that the see, and others are literally having dreams of art installations that are sparking all of our imaginations.
I guess this doesn’t even tip the scale in any church growth demographics. We are just a bunch of friends who want more of Jesus and each other and want to create beautiful things as we do it. Actually I think it says somewhere in the bible that the Church is made of God’s people and when 2 or more are gathered together in his name, He is there. Kind of blows the pews right out of the water doesn’t it.