JustChurch:  is an open and affirming worshiping community rooted in ancient practices and focused on acts of justice.
JustChurch is the ministering community of Beloved Community Initiative

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at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., Iowa City.

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Worship on Easter Eve, April 16


Worship with JustChurch on Saturday, April 16

We hope that you can join is in person or online for worship to celebrate Easter on Saturday at 5:00pm with JustChurch inside Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 East College Street in Iowa City. Parking is available on the street and in the Chauncey Lot. Come in the front door and follow the signs for JustChurch. 

If joining us online, you are invited to have a candle handy to light as part of the service. 
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About the Art and Artist

Prepared by Hannah Garrity, Inspired by Luke 24:1-12, Paper lace

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.”

(Luke 24:1-3, NRSV)

I recently read Art and Faith2 by Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura speaks of the beauty in particular moments in scripture: when the women enter the tomb, and when Mary, sister of Martha, pours oil over Jesus before his journey to the cross. Fujimura draws attention to these texts to anchor a discussion of the importance of beauty in faithful practice. God placed beautiful things on earth for us to give back to God in glory. We must consider when, where, why, and how we engage beauty. We must engage with beauty in our faithful practice.

In this paper lace art piece, the inside of a bowl is patterned with images telling the initial moments of the Easter story. This design depicts burial spices in patterns. Amidst the spice patterns, a sunrise emerges. At the top is an abstract image of the empty tomb.

This moment, the moment when the women arrive at the tomb, represents an act of holy, extravagant, expansive beauty. Imagine being there, arriving at daybreak, holding the spice bowl in your hands. The burial spices, nard and myrrh, were aromatic. The aromas of blood, oils, death, and spices fill the air. Imagine how it would have smelled. It was the work of the women to honor the body of the deceased; to honor the life he had lived, and they had loved.

How might we honor God with our practices of beauty? What materials do we need to gather and incorporate?

How can we keep God centered in our creative endeavors?

—Hannah Garrity

Art courtesy of A Sanctified Art: sanctifiedart.org 

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