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Imagination

Imagined Animals-Don't miss this 930 exhibit!

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by Bradley Speaks, SojournKids & Sojourn Visual Arts.  on view February 20th - March 22, 2009 in the 2nd floor gallery. TWO PROJECTS:

A Collaborative Project Between SojournKids and Sojourn Visual Arts

For this first project, about 40 little Picassos at Sojourn church were encouraged to draw animals out of their imaginations.  Older kids and adults then drew, collaged, and painted on top of those original drawings, making them even more wild.  Others were then asked to create names for the imagined animals and write a brief pseudo-scientific description of them.

Continuous Line Yarn Drawings by Bradley Speaks

Bradley speaks will be drawing on the walls with some unlikely tools - a hammer and nails, and a very long string.  This site-specific piece will follow the theme of imagined animals as well.

HT: The 930 Art Center: Imagined Animals.

God Has the Best Imagination, Part 3: Art Project

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Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Scott RamserPsalm 95, Genesis 1

Art Project (45 minutes)

Tools: Pencil, Computer Paper, Cold press paper, watercolor paints, tempera paints, and paintbrushes

Objective: Students are to create animals from their imagination.  They are to practice brainstorming on the computer paper and ultimately draw their ideas onto the cold press paper and paint the images to finish.  (These images will then be given to the older aged groups of sojourners who will then apply other medias to finish the image.) Procedure: Students will gather to listen to the Bible passage from which the project is derived, Genesis 1 NLT.  Then students will be instructed that in God’s creation, he created from nothing.  The students will experience the difficulty in this through personal reflection.  Students then will be shown images reflecting the obscurity and creativity of God through images of animals in nature.  They then will be encouraged to use their own creativity (being made in the image of God, we are called to be creative) to imagine new animals.  Ones they have never seen before or heard of.  They are to brainstorm their ideas onto computer pieces of paper from which they will then use these ideas to ultimately draw their “imagined animal” onto a piece of cold press watercolor paper.  Once finished with the drawing, they are to then apply color to the image.  To finish the project, the students are to name the animal, and write a description of its character and habitat.

“Today, we’re going to take what we’ve learned about God’s creation and creativity and put it into practice. We can’t make things like God made, but we can use what God has given to us. God has the very best imagination, but he’s given us great imaginations and great things to work with too.”

God Has The Best Imagination, Part 2: Bible Lesson

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Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Mike CosperPsalm 95, Genesis 1

Bible Lesson/Game (25-30 minutes): Today, we’re going to learn about the amazing things that God did when he created the world. Have you ever helped make something? Have you ever helped your mom make cookies or make a project? Raise your hand and tell us what it was: (Point out to the kids the process – When we make things, we take ingredients and make them into something.)

Did you know that when God made the world, he made it out of nothing? Let’s listen to the Bible together: (Involve the liturgists – Have the teacher take the role of reader 1, and two liturgists take the roles of readers 2 and 3)

(Excerpts from Genesis 1, NLT) Reader 1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the heavens from the earth.”

Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let the land sprout with every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow fruit.” And that is what happened. The land produced all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Reader 3: Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

Reader 1: Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. Reader 2: Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Reader 3:  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

Do you see what happened in the story? God spoke, and it happened! God said “Light!” and… IT HAPPENED. God said “Earth and Sky” and then it happened? God said, “Giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, lizards!” and then it happened. What did God use to make them? Just his Words!  What else? Nothing.

Let’s all try to do that – we’ll yell out together something we want to make. Let’s try to make a cat. At the count of three, let’s all yell for a cat and see if we can make one with just our words. One.. Two… Three.. CAT!! (Try a few- dog, piano, rhinocerous, duck-billed platypus – funny, weird stuff).

We can’t do it, can we? Only God can make something out of nothing. That’s the amazing thing about how God makes things. He has the best imagination. He thinks up all the things we love in creation and makes them out of nothing. Just with his words. Only God can make things this way.

Do you realize that when God made a Giraffe, there had never been one before. Not only can he make something from nothing, with only his words, the things he makes are TOTALLY unique! God has the best imagination. There had never been a bear before God made the first bear. There had never been a person before God made the first person.

So instead of making things from nothing, with just our words, we make things with the stuff that he’s made. We take clay and make sculpture. We take crayons and markers and draw pictures. We take wood and steel and make instruments and play music.

Today, we’re going to take what we’ve learned about God’s creation and creativity and put it into practice. We can’t make things like God made, but we can use what God has given to us. God has the very best imagination, but he’s given us great imaginations and great things to work with too.

Let’s use our imaginations to think about what God has done in creation. Let’s pretend that we can make something totally unique to us. Have you ever wanted to see a dog with wings? Or a bird with a cat’s tail? Today we get to let our imaginations go wild because God has given us the inspiration of his creation and the fun our imaginations.

God Has The Best Imagination, Part 1: Kids' Music Liturgy

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Creation Lesson: “God Has the Best Imagination” by Mike CosperPsalm 95, Genesis 1 for Creative Worship Sunday (February 8, 2009)

Music Liturgy (10-15 minutes): [Assumes three leaders/readers]

Reader 1: Today, we’re going to talk about God our Maker. God made everything. He made you and me, and everything else in the universe. Let’s begin our time together listening to God’s word from

Psalm 95: Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing praise to him.

Reader 2: For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.

Reader 3: The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.

Reader 1: God made us and takes care of us. That’s a great reason to sing praise to him.

My Maker and My King, Words by Anne Steel (adapted by Mike Cosper), Music by Mike Cosper As Recorded on Before the Throne © 2007 Sojourn Music

Reader 2: God doesn’t just care about the big things in the world – the mountains and stars and seas – he cares about the little things too. In the book of Luke, Jesus tells us: Five Sparrows are sold for two pennies. Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. In fact, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Isn’t it wonderful to know that he watches and cares for us? Let’s sing our thankfulness for this.

God Made Me, Words and Music by Judy Rogers. As Recorded on Teach Me While My Heart Is Tender © 1995 Judy Rogers

Reader 3: God cares so much for us that even we are lost and far from him, he comes after us. When our sins separated us from God, he sent Jesus to the cross to pay for our sins and to give us the chance to be made right with him. Not only is God our maker, he’s our savior who protects us and forgives our sins.

Mighty, Mighty Savior, Words and Music by Mark Altrogge As Recorded on Awesome God © 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Reader 1: Let’s pray together. Lord, we thank you for your word. You show us that you’ve made us, that you care for us, and that you’ve gone to amazing lengths to forgive us of our sins when we stray away from you. Thank you for being such a wonderful, imaginative creator, and thank you for the wonderful things in creation. Most of all, Lord, we thank you for Jesus and for making a way for us to be made right with you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.