Reflections on Masterpiece Project 2016
by Sherrie Rogers
As man cries for help, God returns with nearly unbelievable reminders that He is present, and He is about His creative work!
Wonder was the theme and inspiration for masterpiece project 2016. A profound book, Awe by Paul David Tripp, assures that God has “hard-wired” us for “awe” of God! Then he reminds us: life and sin often distract us from the “awe inducing glory” of God. “God specifically and carefully designed the physical world to reflect him… in such a way that it would bring his glory into view.”
So, as a community, we purposed to admire God’s creation! Then we responded—through our artwork, performances, relationships, and worship… rediscovering what it means to experience the wonder of Almighty God. Our journey to Truth is reflected in our creative gifts, our gifts of service, and our worship of The Artist himself! Our precious campers (a total of 64 students from 16 states) delighted us with their hearts, energy, respect for others, and their abandonment to worship! And the gifted adults (from 11 states) sent by God to teach and serve our campers reflected wholehearted grace and compassion—with very little sleep! There was no doubt that each one was appointed by God for these unique camps!
Then the presence of God was again experienced through our Art & Faith speakers for each camp! Two of these wonderful artists came to speak for only one event during a camp week, but they joined our community with humility. And they—each speaker—blessed us with their desire to represent Christ for our campers by sharing hard-earned insight as working artists and believers. These artists included:
• Lauren Brandenburg, author and teacher
• Kyle Martindale, poet, author and teacher
• Matthew Clark, recording artist/singer-songwriter and worship leader
• Dr. Stephen Guthrie, Associative Professor of Theology/ Religion and Arts at Belmont University, teacher, musician, worship leader, and author.
Laughter, conversation, new & renewed relationships, genuine community, spirit-filled worship, art-making, student performances, instruction & encouragement from working, adult Christian artists—and “the best camp food in the country”—are all experienced at masterpiece project. These things (and more) earn us the privilege of being called “Masterfolk”! And the wonder of God in our midst, continually leads us to this assertion after every single camp: “This was the best camp ever!”