Our second One Word is Fall.

God’s perfect and good creation isn’t perfect and good anymore. We see the evidence all around us: natural disasters, violence, death, and even global pandemics. Things are not as they should be, nor as they once were. We are not as we should be. We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 
 
In this our second installment of ONE WORD, we contemplate the rippling effects of sin throughout the creation. The sin of Adam & Eve not only ruptured our relationship with God; it ruptured creation itself. 

By Name

by David Trautman

videography & poem

Creatures came when Adam called them
By name
Back then creation was
All tame
Now they flee our presence
Our shame
They saw us hide
Our frame
Beneath skins like theirs
The same
We pointed our fingers and shared
The blame
Left the garden forever blocked
By flame
No way to return except
Selfsame
Come set our hearts
Aflame
Return us to the one who
Overcame
Back to the garden where you call us
By name

In Genesis 2:19, we read that God brought all the animals to Adam and “whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” In the beginning, all of God’s creatures—humans and animals—lived in peaceful harmony. But after Adam & Eve disobey God and allow sin to be unleashed on the world, the harmony among creatures gets broken. Sin separates us from God, but it also has separated us from the creation. The dividing wall of hostility cuts straight through all of creation. On a recent camping trip, there was a hawk that would fly away every time I got too close. I decided to capture it on video to show how wild animals don’t come to us when we call them by name anymore. Our relationship has been fractured. But one day, the creation will be restored to its former harmony.

God’s Saving Hands

by Sharon Cernogorsky

drawing

Man is a sinner. He falls from grace  by committing adultery, murder, and many other sinful acts. As I see it, we are falling because of our sins, but thankfully the Lord is there to save us from ourselves. Hallelujah!!!! To God be the glory!!!!

Eve Reaching for the Fruit

by Daniel Trautman

Legos

I remembered the story of Eve picking the fruit, so I wanted to build her picking the fruit.

The Fall & The Promise

by Melissa McMillan

photography

I took these photos—one in North Carolina and one in Thomasville. They make me think of heaven reaching down to touch the earth: the stormy sky a symbol of the fall, and the rainbow a reminder of God’s promise that He will never leave us.

Be Satisfied

by Henry & Catherine Miller

poetry & music
Be Satisfied
by Henry Miller. Music by Catherine Miller. 
 
Beloved, thou hast gone astray
in search of worldly bliss.
Thou hast thrown thy life away,
and true joy dost thou miss!
Thou wilt never find thy life
in anything but Me.
Here I am, be satisfied
in all I am for thee!
 
Beloved, seek not drink that dries
or food that poisons flesh.
Feasting on these putrid lies
will only lead to death.
Sate thy hunger with My Word,
and quench thy thirst in Me!
Here I am, be satisfied
in all I am for thee!
 
Beloved, thou art bent with grief,
Assailed by fears within;
hoping now to find relief,
but trembling for thy sin.
Dost thou think I will not hear
my child’s feeble plea?
Here I am, be satisfied
in all I am for thee!
 
Beloved, hear what I’ve to say
about thy sorry state:
run to Me, do not delay!
Do not a moment wait!
For I’ve promised joy to those
who humbly call on Me.
Here I am, be satisfied
in all I am for thee!

This was the second hymn we ever wrote. We never recorded it until now. We wrote it about over a decade ago.  Henry wrote the text after reading the book Desiring God by John Piper. After reviewing the scriptures for this gallery, I felt like the text fit. 

Words in Art

by Jake Myhre

photography & poetry

When reading psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs I am always struck by the immense beauty of the wording, verse, and poetry. Some of them come from ancient texts, new songs, or more obscure translations of biblical texts. I think their complex ideas are complemented by simple artwork, or vica versa, which is why I like to find pictures of art I’ve seen and match it with the ideas the words convey. It’s one of my favorite devotional tools!

Panis Angelicus

from Messe Solonelle, Op. 12 by Cesar Franck

by Sally Hernandez & Catherine Miller

viola & piano

I love this piece because of its beautiful melody. My favorite recording of it is with Pavarotti and Sting. 

I love the haunting melody. The lyrics of Panis Angelicus (Bread of the Angels) were written by St. Thomas Aquinas in 13th century for the Feast of Corpus Christi, a liturgical celebration of the Eucharist. The melody by Cesar Franck was written six hundred years later, in 1861. The piece is commonly used for funerals. Genesis 3-5 makes me think of themes of death, loss and brokenness and I thought about how we didn’t get to play together right now except through videos, and how much we miss that and how much our people are missing the celebration of communion right now as a corporate act. This felt appropriate. This is the English translation of the text: 

May the Bread of Angels
Become bread for mankind;
The Bread of Heaven puts
All foreshadowings to an end;
Oh, thing miraculous!
The body of the Lord will nourish
the poor, the poor,
the servile, and the humble. 

Fall

by Amanda Trautman

drawing

When I drew this picture I had to think about what I wanted to do before I chose this. I drew a broken heart because when Adam and Eve sinned it was like God’s heart breaking in two.

the FALL of man

by Carol Kelso

plant | wood | paper

When I heard our deacon, Chris Recinella, preach about the upside-down kingdom we are living in, this idea was birthed. I took the picture at sundown as the light slips into darkness—yet we still see, but oh so dimly. 

One Word is an artistic endeavor of Trinity Anglican Church. Every two weeks we will debut an online gallery “scroll” on a particular theme. To read more about this effort and see our next word, click here