The loveliest thing about illustrating the Presbyterian women's study guide a couple of years ago (my Revelation-based series of prints) is that I connected with so many churches around the country. The longest association has been with the First Presbyterian Church of Holley, NY. Thomas Gardner, their pastor, was the first subscriber to my weekly lectionary-based drawings, designed to be used in church bulletins.
We haven't met face to face, but I have enjoyed a growing friendship across the internet as we talk about worship, artwork, and other church topics. I've done occasional extra artwork for him and his congregation, and recently he told me he had based an entire sermon on the drawing I did for that week's text.
I was totally honored and asked if I could share the sermon here, along with my drawing, and he kindly gave permission. So here is one example of how art and worship can inform each other and hopefully grow into something larger than the sum of their parts. It means a great deal to me to be able to participate in worship in churches other than my own, and I'm grateful to all the ministers who include my work in their services.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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