Fruits and Trees (Proper 11C)

Amos 8:1-12

Think of your favorite summer fruit. Have you ever noticed how the first one of the season always tastes better than others? There is just no endurance to the experience of summer fruit because they are so sweet and full of taste, yet last for such a short time. Unlike the fall fruits, which aren’t near as sweet but last for a much longer time.

Consider how you are like a summer fruit – what are your temporary enthusiasms of faith that just don’t last? What would your basket of summer fruits look like? Consider your fall fruits or the grains that sustain your faith. Then draw a basket that includes your fall fruits or grains with your summer fruits.

Psalm 52

The focus phrase for this week is “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” Learn about the olive tree here and notice how the trunk is shaped in the pictures of the older trees. Draw yourself as an olive tree and include the words from the psalm in the sky space.

An easy way to draw yourself as a tree begins in Photoshop. You can begin with a body shape and transform it into a tree, then Photoshop in your head. Or begin with the tree shape and add your head. Print in black and white on tracing paper, put this behind your working sheet so you have lines to follow while create your art.

Colossians 1:15-28

“… for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created …”

Today’s project is going to be a combination of collage and silhouette. Read the passage and then find images that evoke the presence of God to you. Select one to use as a main background. On the others trim away the excess background with scissors or a craft knife. Create your collage.

Now find an image of Jesus. You don’t want something that is detailed but the shape of Jesus, for instance, praying or with arms wide open. Cut it to create a stencil. Once your collage has dried, fill it over and trace the shape of Jesus onto the back of the collage base then carefully cut along the lines.

Assemble your final piece with the collaged Jesus and the phrase this post begins with.

Luke 10:38-42

Before even thinking visually, you need to consider what is the “better part” that you need to nurture. In the story, Jesus is clearly telling Martha that she needs to take a break from working in order to listen to Jesus’ teaching. However, what would happen if Martha listened all of the time and never did any mission work?

This is a passage about finding balance in your life. So I’m not going to give a lot of guidance here other than suggest you split a piece of paper in half and make one side have black art with a white background while the other has white art against a black background.

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