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"Hauntingly
beautiful"




"I never thought
I'd find myself
in a church again"




"Like a long soak
in a hot bath"

Clear Dot Image First Lutheran Church of Venice

The Renaissance ServiceTM
THE ARTS AS A WINDOW TO THE DIVINE

Around the turn of the millennium, a Renaissance began in Venice when friends and strangers drifted into a candlelit sanctuary and discovered in the darkened hush the awesome power and beauty of God. This bold and sentient form of worship ran for several seasons, featuring meditations on the visual arts, readings of resonant poetry, sublime music distilled from The Psalms, vital passages of silence, and a message on the crossroads of art and faith. In the fall of 2002, we offered evocative services as we continued to look to the arts as a window to the divine.


Themes of the Fall 2002 Renaissance Services
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
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October 16 St. Andy?: The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
October 23 The Divine Architecture: Chartres and the Gothic Cathedral
October 30 The Magic Flute: A Celebration of love, forgiveness and the brotherhood of man
November 6
 
Vermeer's Women: Featuring Guest Poet, Dr. Marilyn McEntyre,
discussing her book Lightfalls and the interiority of the woman's gaze
November 13 The Lord of the Rings: The ultimate battle of Good vs. Evil
November 20 Mr. Ives Christmas: Oscar Hijuelos' heart-rending tale of faith, suffering, forgiveness and grace

The West Wind, by Winslow Homer, 1891
The West Wind
Winslow Homer, 1891

Some Past Renaissance Service Themes:

  • Van Gogh: The Vulnerability of the Artist's Life
  • John Tavener: The Music of the Unseen World
  • Les Miserables: The Redemptive Power of Goodness
  • Babette's Feast: Celluloid and Sacrament
  • Rembrandt: The Return of the Prodigal Son
  • Science and The Bright Immensities
  • Voices at the Edge of the Silence of Pain & Ecstacy: Selected Poems featuring Guest Speaker Fr. Gregory Elmer, O.S.B.
  • A Celebration of Love: Cinema Paradiso
  • Many Voices - One Voice: The Music of J.S. Bach
  • Hildegard of Bingen: A Renaissance Woman
  • The Apostle (film) and the Grace of Redemption
  • ICONS: Seeing is Believing
  • Cornucopia: The Extravagance of God featuring Guest Speaker, Installation Artist Lynn Aldrich
  • The Illiad: The Father of Civilization
  • John Adams El Nino: Little Child, Force of Nature



First Lutheran Church of Venice is located at 815 Venice Blvd., four blocks west of Lincoln. Child care and on-site parking are available.

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For additional information or written invitations, please contact Heather Davis or the church office (310) 821-2740.