COME ONE, COME ALL — Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Eden, located at 3487 N. Boston Road, will host Mike Lewis, one of the Jesus Painters, at the Eden High School auditorium on April 2. Photo submitted by Tina Rigley.
EDEN — In a stated effort of reaching out to the community, during this Lenton season, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Eden will host Jesus Painter Ministries for a night of “nontraditional worshipping and being reminded of what Christ has done for us.”
Mike Lewis, one of the artists affiliated with Jesus Painter Ministries, performed at an Orchard Park church several years ago, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Associate Director of Ministries Tina Rigley said that she was inspired to bring Lewis back to Western New York, to enable individuals in the community to “have a positive Christian experience.”
Artists from JPM said that their goal is to “use our passions and abilities to bring more people into a growing personal relationship with their savior, Jesus Christ ... and to glorify God and advance his kingdom.”
These artists paint portraits of Jesus and other faith-based symbols in front of gathered audiences, as music and a Biblical narration play.
“He uses brushes and his hands to paint,” Rigley said, about the art that is brought to life in front of the audience’s eyes. “He uses wide, sweeping gestures; he will splash the paint on one spot and you’ll think it’s random, but then you discover that it’s a very important feature. It’s a really neat creation, and it’s done so quickly, yet they’re phenomenal paintings. The way they set it to music and narration – I love what it conveys.”
Lewis will bring to life the JPM program “Faith Hope Love,” in which he will create three unique paintings, during the 40-minute presentation. According to the organization, the “Faith” image illustrates Biblical faith stories, the “Hope” painting depicts a plant growing from a seedling into the Tree of Life, and the “Love” painting of Jesus’ face shows Christ’s demonstration of love to man.
Rigley said that the host church provides supplies for the presentation and, in turn, will receive one of the finished paintings. The other two may be purchased, if the church so chooses. St. Paul’s acquired artwork will be situated inside the church’s planned spiritual support center, which will be located in an existing building recently acquired by the congregation. Artwork by JPM is available for interested parties, on the organization’s website.
St. Paul’s will host Lewis in the Eden High School auditorium, located at 3150 Schoolview Road, at 7 p.m. on April 2. There is a charge to attend. Tickets will be sold at the door, and presale admission may be obtained by calling 992-9112. Pastor Thomas Lutz will introduce the artist, and Lewis will then lead the audience through the Jesus Painter experience.
Rigley invited the public to attend, reminding the community that this will be a unique opportunity to view the Jesus Painter and his work in person. “As a church, we want this experience to touch people,” she said. “Whether they’re churchgoers or not, we hope that this will be an experience that they can apply to their own relationship with Christ, and be reminded of what he has done for us. We want people to connect with Jesus in a way that works for them.”
The Jesus Painter’s presentations may be viewed on YouTube™, but Rigley recommended waiting to see the program in person. “The way he does it is part of the beauty of it,” she said. “Wherever you feel your personal relationship is with Christ, this is a unique experience, and one I’d hate for anyone to miss. I think everyone will leave getting something different from [it]. The creation of the painting is a unique experience for both the artist and everyone watching it.”
“While we can only attain an incomplete picture of God’s glory, we are dedicated to painting the most powerful portrait we can find, this side of eternity,” JPM has said. “Our hope is that, when we come face to face with the greatest love the world has ever known, we will respond as King David, saying, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’”
For more information about Jesus Painter Ministries, visit www.jesuspainter.com