Vancouver church offers artistic illustrations with sermon

first_imgThe mention of a multimedia worship service these days might evoke images of a young preacher in jeans and Chuck Taylors, a backup rock band, high definition video and special effects lighting. But on a recent fall Sunday morning at Vancouver First Presbyterian Church, a very different scenario took place.Rev. Josh Rowley, 45, stood before his congregation donned in typical liturgical vestment, Bible in hand, backed by a green-robed chancel choir, and a set of metaphors from the Book of James to share.As he began his delivery, the congregation shifted their gaze to a figure moving before a large butcher paper-covered board. Jeffrey Thompson, 31, Rowley’s co-preacher that morning, began sweeping the surface with brown and blue painted shapes.As Rowley counselled his flock on the power of the tongue to either bless or curse, vibrant red-orange licks of fire emerged from Thompson’s brush.“How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire,” Rowley stated, “and the tongue is a fire.” Thompson worked quickly, applying strokes to the surface, sometimes using two brushes simultaneously.last_img read more