"I never thought
I'd find myself
in a church again"
"Like a long soak
in a hot bath"
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.
St. Andy?: The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
The Divine Architecture: Chartres and the Gothic Cathedral
The Magic Flute: A Celebration of love, forgiveness and the brotherhood of man
Vermeer's Women: Featuring Guest Poet, Dr. Marilyn McEntyre,|
discussing her book Lightfalls and the interiority of the woman's gaze
The Lord of the Rings: The ultimate battle of Good vs. Evil
Mr. Ives Christmas: Oscar Hijuelos' heart-rending tale of faith, suffering, forgiveness and grace
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.
Creating a Renaissance.
For additional information or written
invitations, please contact Heather Davis or the church office (310) 821-2740.