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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Celebrating God’s Creation at Trinity Lutheran in Faribault February 8, 2016

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Worship opened with the hymn, "All Creatures of Our God and King," shown on the big screen next to a mountain crafted for the 2015 Mt. Everest themed Vacation Bible School.

Worship opened with the hymn, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” shown on the big screen next to a mountain crafted for the 2015 Mt. Everest themed Vacation Bible School.

GOD’S CREATION FOCUSED every aspect of worship at my church, Trinity Lutheran in Faribault, this weekend.

Quilted snowflake art by Kevin Kreger, who coordinated the Creation themed art display,

A snippet of snowflake art quilted by Kevin Kreger, who coordinated the Creation themed worship service.

The theme seemed ideally suited for a February weekend when a blizzard was forecast for portions of the state.

A painting of sunflowers jolted color

A sunflower painting jolts color into an art display.

Come this time of year, Minnesotans are beginning to long for green grass, sunshine and warmth.

The Rev. Paul Rieger uses a book to showcase Creation during the children's object lesson.

The Rev. Paul Rieger uses a book to showcase Creation during the children’s object lesson.

Singing about, hearing about and viewing depictions of God’s creation lifted my spirits. The words of my favorite hymn, Beautiful Savior; a scripture reading from Genesis; and a display of artwork brought in by worshipers highlighted Creation.

Viewing the art after the 8 a.m. worship service.

Viewing the art after the 8 a.m. worship service.

God's creation of fish depicted in this crocheted art piece.

God’s creation of fish depicted in this crocheted art piece.

Lots of Creation art in many mediums.

Lots of Creation art in many mediums.

After worship—after the singing and preaching and listening—congregants perused art displayed within the sanctuary. Creation worked into fabric and photos, yarn and paintings, wood and paper, and more. So much talent crafted by the hands God created.

Crosses, because they are made of materials from the natural world, were interspersed with the other art.

Crosses, because they are made of materials from the natural world, were interspersed with the other art.

And then there was the-feet-in-the-hammock photo that flashed onto the big screen during the pastor’s sermon. He used the image to illustrate that “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

A simple bowl of fruit rests as a work of art and and example of God's Creation.

A simple bowl of fruit rests as a work of art and and example of God’s Creation.

Slight laughter rippled across the pews of the Lutheran church. Yet, the point was made. God rested. And so should we. But do we?

BONUS PHOTOS:

More artistic examples of God's Creation.

More artistic examples of God’s Creation.

Autumn leaves in fabric...more of God's Creation.

Looking up at autumn leaves in fabric…more of God’s Creation.

An overview of the major portion of the art display, including my photo on the big screen.

An overview of the major portion of the art display, including my photos on the big screen.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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28 Responses to “Celebrating God’s Creation at Trinity Lutheran in Faribault”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    What a great idea to feature this type of beauty on a cold winter day. I see that Mason City is all closed down–not a bunch of new snow but really high winds so blizzardy. Hope you are able to stay inside and stay warm.

    • We got a light dusting of snow. It’s tough for me to gauge weather conditions down here in the valley. But I see in the sw part of Minnesota, numerous roads are closed and no unnecessary travel is advised due to white-out conditions.

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    What beautiful creations this display showcases! So many talented hands… so many perceptions of “God’s Creation”!

    • That was the interesting thing to see, how individuals interpreted Creation. Not everything displayed was actually made by parishioners, although much was created by their hands. Folks were welcome to bring artwork depicting Creation, whether they made it or not.

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    “Come this time of year, Minnesotans are beginning to long for green grass, sunshine and warmth.”

    Darn toot’n we are – and the rich and vibrant colors you bring to us this day go a long way toward brightening things up.

  4. Looks like you worship with a bunch of talented people.

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    Am totally in love with that darling crochet fish!!!!!!!!!! (Great post!)

  6. And this is why Mr. Obama was way off base when he said that the United States is no longer a Christian nation.. We are, we have always been and we will always be, a nation that was founded on Christian beliefs and yet with a religious tolerance for others so long as they are not intended to supplant our God and Creator! Beautiful church and display Audrey.

  7. Jackie Says:

    What a great idea, so many wonderful exhibits of nature and it’s beauty. I find plenty of that beauty in winter as well. I loved the snowflake quilt and the crocheted fish was pretty cool and original. Is this an annual event at your church?

  8. Don Says:

    Them thar Minnesotans sure do have some talent! Nice way to spend the day out of the weather and I sure like that snowflake art quilt!

  9. Don Says:

    Yah Sure You Betcha! Once a Minnesotan always a Minnesotan!

  10. Sue Ready Says:

    Lovely visual display and reminder of God’s presence. On a snowy cold day this is such a inspiring exhibit of talent in the church community. Thanks for sharing.


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