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At Grace of God Lutheran Church we know that God speaks in many ways. We find that one important way he speaks to some is through art. Wether that is through producing the art work or simply viewing the art work, God speaks in mysterious ways.

Copyright Ruth Councell www.councell.net
In the Father's Embrace

About the painting 

Of all the many stories in the bible that say something of what God’s love is like, the story of the Prodigal Son is one of those that moves me the most.  It seems to me that it is the very core of our faith. The Father not only opens his arms to his child, but runs out to greet him when he sees him from afar. The Father is so deeply moved; the child is so thoroughly penitent; and all the barriers between them are completely and utterly done away with. May this painting convey a sense of that perfect love, forgiveness, and the promise of new life.

About the artist

Ruth Tietjen Councell began life as the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and a church organist in Southern California.  She grew up with a love of the stories of the bible, and at an early age showed a gift for art.  When her father, an Army Chaplain, was assigned to numerous posts in Europe, and the Far East, as well as in the States, the whole family went along, giving Ruth an expanded view of the world, and of art, from a young age.    

Ruth studied art at the University of Redlands, California, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She has had a long and varied career in illustration, design, painting, and teaching.  She now lives in Pennington, New Jersey with her husband, George, a recently retired Episcopal bishop.  At this writing they have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.

Image used with permissions. Copyright Ruth Councell www.councell.net.

copyright Grac of God Lutheran Church
The Face of Christ

This piece of artwork was made by the members of Grace of God during Lent in 2012.  Different artists from the congregation took a one-inch square from the picture of Christ and reproduced it on a 10 inch square using many different techniques and media.  

copyright He Qi www.heqiart.com
"The Risen Lord" This painting depicts the crucified and risen Christ surrounded by four groups of disciples.

About the Artist:

He Qi is an artist from China who lives in Roseville, MN.  He is one of the most celebrated Christian artists from China.  Dr. He Qi was a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and a tutor for master candidate students in the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University.  Dr. Qi was the first from mainland China to earn a Ph.D. in Religious Art after the cultural revolution.  His works have been on display around the world and used extensively in Christian education materials and devotional publications.  His painting technique involves black ink and Japanese tempura paint in reverse on rice paper.  The paper is then crumpled up and stretched.  We had the opportunity to meet Dr. Qi and visit his studio.  He is an amazing and hospitable man who expresses the Gospel of Jesus through his art.

copyright He Qi www.heqiart.com
"Martha and Mary" This painting shows the two sisters with Jesus; Martha serving him and Mary sitting at Jesus' feet having chosen the "one thing needful"
    GRACE OF GOD MISSION STATEMENT: Grace of God is a Christ-centered community gathered around Word and Sacrament, preaching Christ crucified, serving our neighbor and discovering what it means to live under the grace of God.

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