Our God is a creating God! If I/we are made in God's image, as Genesis records, then you and I are creative beings.
I thought of this as I struggled with Palm Sunday and Easter worship. How can I be creative and worshipful and yet not destroy the traditions and mystery of these days? How can I move us to a new level of worship and creativity and not destroy the act of worship for you?
We get stuck in ruts of tradition and comfortableness. We like things the way they are. We know the procedures. We know the hymns and what is expected of us. We know, and in knowing become comfortable in worship. We need the consistency of worship. It is where we feel comfortable and where we often find peace. It is needed.
But are we being creative? Are we living and worshipping with God's creative edge? Are we letting God nudge our creative spirits into a new day of creativity? Am I asking too many questions?
For centuries the church only sang the Psalms and then someone wrote a hymn. Over the years we all have hymns or spiritual songs that have touched our hearts. Martin Luther took tavern tunes and put new words to them and introduced them into the church – we may still sing some – bar songs turned into hymns of praise.
We enjoy when Karen adds some jazz or other nuances to the prelude or offertory. We applaud her creativity. We enjoy the variety of the anthems. All of these are from the creative spirit placed within.|
We are created in the image of a creating God. No, we cannot create a tree, a flower, etc. (We can develop new varieties!) – but we can allow God's creative spirit to flow through us. We can look at ways to allow that creative spirit to move us into a creative mode of worship, play and witness. Creativity is not something we should shy away from. Why not write some new words to old hymn tunes? Why not add art to our worship? Why not be challenged to draw and play outside the lines? It is not always easy but when we do allow the creative spirit of God to flow through us we even surprise ourselves.
As we wander through April and May may we be open to the creative spirit of God in our midst. May we be open to the Spirit's call on our lives to be one who is created in the image of a creating God. Who knows what will happen when we allow God to create through us! Write a prayer, draw a picture, paint a landscape – create in the name of the One who created us.