Thursday, May 9, 2013

Prologue to the Gospel of John

I made this video as the final project for my Worship in the Arts class. It's a video presentation of John 1:1-18.

The idea behind this was to explore the idea of translation, moving between mediums and ways of expressing ideas. In short, telling ancient truths through new media.

One of my classmates pointed out that this is also an example of meta-narrative. Here I'm using the narrative of scripture to tell a narrative of the changes in how we engage with and experience text.

I don't consider myself an artist, although I acknowledge my own creative gifts, they largely lie in the areas of music, rather than visual arts. That said, I am quite proud of how this came together, and am very grateful for all the people who participated in its creation.

The art pieces are not mine, they are a picture of the stained glass window as taken through the baptismal font at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and a painting called "Day One," which is part of the Creation series by dear friend Rose McCurdy.

The music is an excerpt from Alfred Reed's Russian Christmas Music.


  1. Amazing how the ways you present the Word make me see and hear it in such a new way, and I know these words well. Combined with the music, it packs an emotional wallop. Well done, sir!

    1. Thanks Momma! I'm glad you like it! This is something that CONNECTIONS (a non-traditional worship service) could do too, I made it on the video editing software that came with my computer. All you need is a camera and either iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.

      This style of presentation works well for non-narrative scripture passages, as it can create a narrative through the ways that one chooses to enact the words. Here I've done a narrative about different ways of engaging with the Word.