Grace Upon Grace
As we settle into our expanded space, you may have noticed some original artwork popping up at CFC! This weekend, we debuted an original work of art by a recent graduate of Messiah College, Rachel Conklin, called Grace Upon Grace.
The piece is comprised of 66 individual 5”X5” tiles each containing an icon symbolizing all 66 books of the Bible in order. Here is how Rachel describes her piece.
“Simplifying the complex. All too often we get wrapped up in the small details of life and faith and forget to reflect on the overall beauty we’ve been given. Grace Upon Grace comes from taking the Bible and narrowing down each book to one example of God’s grace or promise that He gave His people. Faith invites knowledge and surrendered acceptance rather than our tendency to tear apart the details. “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4”
The artwork was discovered by Pastor Jason on a recent college visit with his daughter Anna. When touring the art department at Messiah College, this senior project of Rachel’s caught his eye and drew him in. He contacted Messiah, who put him in touch with the artist, who then agreed to re-create Grace Upon Grace for display at CFC. The installation alone took approximately three and a half hours.
Having this piece at the church represents our value of Biblical literacy as well as our appreciation for the gifts and talents God has given to each person. We continue to search out original artwork that communicates the mission and vision of CFC and honors our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rachel Conklin, originally from Spring Grove, PA, received her Bachelor of Arts from Messiah College in studio art with a concentration in graphic design on May 7th.