There is a scene in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Ferris’ friend Cameron stands in front of Georges Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The painting displays a scene of people resting and picnicking on the Seine river.
In the movie, the camera comes closer and closer to the painting, first showing the full piece of artwork, and then zooming in to see each and every dot in the painting. Cameron’s eyes show such focus and amazement in the intricate work done by Seurat.
I first saw this piece of artwork in 1997 at the Art Institute of Chicago and then again when I was there in July. Like I had learned in my college art class in 1995, the technique Seurat used is Pointillism, a branch of Impressionism. Seurat had used individual dots of color to create a complete image.
As we appreciate art much more the older we get, I really tried to absorb the beauty of the whole painting and each small stroke more than I did in 1997. I realized the beauty of Pointillism is that without each dot and brushstroke, the painting wouldn’t be what it is.
In the Bible we are given the image of the Body of Christ and each section of the body is significant in making the body work. I think, in many ways, Seurat’s painting brought me to the same conclusion. Each dot made the artwork complete. Without one dot, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte would not be a completed painting.
Like the Body of Christ and like Pointillism, each and every person matters in the Church - whether the local church or the broader Church. Each of your talents matter to this community and the greater Belleville/St.ClairCountyCommunity. When we share the gifts we have, we place a dot on God’s great painting, making it more complete as time passes.
Now that we are nearing the end of summer and heading into autumn, what will your next brushstroke be on God’s great painting? Will you take part in a team of the church like mission, Christian education, or congregational care? Will you participate in one of the fellowship groups of the church? Would you like to help us with worship - with music, being a liturgist, helping with sound, or being an usher?
We thank you for each dot you place on God’s great painting and on caring for our congregation! Thank you for choosing to Be a Blessing to the church and community!