Monday, July 05, 2004

blessed to be a faithful witness

The theme of Sunday was blessed to be a faithful witness. The challenge is to move that head/heart knowledge to hands/feet/body action.

As part of the response, I “drew” a street map on the floor, using white tape to mark the main streets of the east side of our city.

People were given stars, and invited to place a star on the place in the city where they are blessed to be a witness. (This was mixed with communion and a song by Ben Harper, Blessed to be a witness, from his Diamonds in the Inside album.) It was an hands/feet/body way of praying.


As I took some photos the morning after, I realised how seriously people had taken the exercise. There were stars up on the balcony, people who live and work in the country.


There were even stars on the door, through which people leave church. I am continually blown away by the way that people “work” with symbols, making them personally and interactively relevant.


Posted by steve at 01:24 PM


  1. this is a great idea … I’ll try it someday! Thanks

    Comment by Sivin Kit — July 5, 2004 @ 4:32 pm

  2. Very cool mate. I’m constantly inspired by your creativity…

    Comment by Paul Fromont — July 5, 2004 @ 6:47 pm

  3. nice…

    Comment by phil — July 5, 2004 @ 9:04 pm

  4. as per usual – great stuff Steve. Very cool.

    Comment by Darren Rowse — July 12, 2004 @ 10:29 am

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    I love Steve Taylor’s entry on blessed to be a faithful witness. What a creative way to help people get a grasp of an important message. ‘The theme of Sunday was blessed to be a faithful witness. The challenge is…

    Comment by LivingRoom >> A space for Life — July 12, 2004 @ 10:32 am

  6. thanks steve. my first visit.

    I’ve done almost the same thing a few times using tea candles.

    where are you called to be light….

    made the map using tape – one time I did it beforehand, one time we did it together.

    stunning on each occasion as we have gathered around the map afterwards.


    Comment by Craig Mitchell — July 12, 2004 @ 9:34 pm

  7. thanks Craig.
    We thought about tea lights – but a bit messy with 150 people. Also thought about little glow sticks, but would work far better at night than in the day.

    Feel free to drop back.

    Comment by steve — July 12, 2004 @ 10:47 pm

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