Music & Arts
The Music & Arts Ministry exists to help the church and our city more fully and deeply know, worship, and serve God. Through nurturing fellowship, spiritual growth, service, and creative collaboration, our ministry also seeks to develop our community's artistic gifts and encourage loving engagement with the culture so that we may more truly reflect God's beauty and show His love in Christ to the world. From our weekly services to the concert series, art gallery, and the various creative and cultural events throughout the year, we offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy, grow in, and share God's beauty, creativity, and goodness.
There is a tension in the title of this show: Ordinary Saints. We borrowed it from a collaborative project presented last fall at the Cody Center at Laity Lodge. Our conversation about this title grew from two independent bodies of work: Allison Streett’s sculptures and my recent paintings, and the potential of an exhibit during this liturgical season called “ordinary time.” The question is, what is “Ordinary”? Who are “Saints”? Who are we to call anyone ordinary, or even more, why would we call them saints?
Historically, this season in the church focuses on discipleship, growth, outreach, and mission. This time between holidays is not mundane, but ordered as we are moved forward through out daily life with intentionality - working toward growth and renewal. As artists, this focus is reflected in our process of making. We must cultivate practices of studio time, quiet space, and moving material from the disorganized to the organized. For me, I begin the process of making each piece with order and control, but it is the ordinary, organic, personal interactions that transform the materials.
We are also encouraged in this season to look outward, toward our relationships. Our work in this show is modeled after individuals with whom we have personal connections. Allison writes that she desires to challenge the viewer to “acknowledge our true relationship to each other.”
Allison and I both want to communicate the significance of each individual we have represented, a presence that cannot be ignored, and innate “glory” each person possesses, because God created them, and loves them. We all appreciate nature - the beauty of a heron on the river, or a rainbow after a downpour - but people are God’s greatest, most treasured creation. In Psalm 8 we read, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
The psalmist speaks of the universe, our most vast glimpse of creation, that God made with his fingers, and then says God personally cares for the people He made! Consider what PCA pastor Tim Keller says: “Two things we want so desperately, glory and relationship, can coexist only in God.”
One man, Jesus, who already possessed relationship in its perfect form, and had the greatest glory as Creator of the Universe, left heaven and became the smallest and meekest figure on earth - a baby. His body was broken through a shameful death on a cross. He was rejected by His loving Father. And why? Because He loves us, so we can be weighty, significant, loved, and lovable, and so that we can be clothed in His glory. We are made right with the Father because Jesus rose from the dead, defeated death and sin for all time, and sent His Spirit. Because of Jesus, we can be brought into a true relationship with the God who created us, and be transformed into glorious people, His children, His saints.
- Sonya Menges
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
- Mama Vao Vao
- Featuring artwork by Rebe McReynolds and Mama Vao Vao.
- On display in the Hospitality Room (Room 100) Oct 3 - 27.
- To view more items and to reserve/purchase art<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1JU_ANr1Gxs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>work and music, please visit the Mama Vao Vao online store.
Previous Visual Artists & Poets
- Melissa Bernard
- Sandra Bowden
- Susan Breeding
- Michael Clark
- Mary Kat Cone
- Nancy Donaldson
- Kady Dunlap
- Beck Forrester
- Gus Forrester
- Laura Forrester
- Winnie Forrester
- Mary Freiberger
- Rebecca Giddings
- Luis Guerra
- Jerry Hood
- Erika Huddleston
- Delia Hunt
- Erin Keller
- Josh Keller
- Sara Lathan
- Jennifer Lind
- Marlin Linville
- Jennifer Noel
- Cassie Marino
- Sonya Berg Menges
- Matt Osborne
- Piper Shows
- Abby Snelling
- Allison Streett
- Coleman Thrash
- Courtney Thrash
- Monica Tornoe
- Asher Wood
- Marlon Wood
- Missy Wood
- Presley Wood
- Mark Ziehr
Music & Arts Lunches
Whether you're a creative professional, serious hobbyist, or are just beginning to explore your creative interests, join us for our monthly Music & Arts gatherings and enjoy food, fellowship, encouragement, and opportunities to discuss, learn, and serve with fellow creatives.
Lunch (and childcare - please just bring your child's lunch) is provided with an RSVP to Sonya Menges.
Upcoming fall lunches: 11/6, 12/4
12 - 1:30 PM in the Gallery
First Wednesday of each month
Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
All Saints Narthex / Gallery
All Saints Music + Arts presents The Gallery Concert Series: An Evening with Caroline Cobb.
Join us on Friday, Nov 15 as we welcome Dallas-based singer-songwriter Caroline Cobb to our beautiful and intimate gallery space for an evening of original, acoustic music. Song by song, we'll journey together through the Story of scripture through music, from creation to Christ's return. A reception with light refreshments begins at 6:30 PM, followed by the show. Seat reservations are required. RSVP to reserve your seat(s).
Friday, Nov 15
6:30 PM (reception followed by concert)
All Saints Narthex / Gallery
Previous MUSICAL ARTISTS
- Sandra McCracken, Nashville, TN
- Band of Heathens (Gordy Quist & Ed Jurdi), Austin, TX
- Andy Gullahorn, Nashville, TN
- Rob Lutes, Montreal, Canada
- Jake Armerding and Kevin Gosa (The Fretful Porcupine), Boston, MA
- Tess Wiley (from Six Pence None the Richer), Germany
- Kelly McCrae, Brooklyn, NY
- Doug Burr, Denton, TX
- Eric Peters, Nashville, TN
- Connie Mims, Houston, TX
- Nathan Tasker, Australia & Nashville, TN
- B. Sterling, Austin, TX
- Michael Thorne Jarrett, Waco, TX
- Dennis Welch, Austin, TX
- Christa Wells, Nashville, TN
- Betty Soo, Austin, TX
- Jessica Campbell, Nashville, TN
- Ashley Daneman, NYC
- Brent Palmer, Austin, TX
- Rachel Zylstra, NYC
- Joe Deegan, Houston, TX
Cross & Culture Series
As All Saints seeks to “live as the body of Christ in Austin for the world” we are continually asking how we are called to engage with the culture of which we find ourselves a part. The Cross & Culture series is a launching pad for thoughtful discourse on the dynamic and complex parts of our culture in which we participate daily, including everything from music and literature to movies and politics.
The topics and speakers selected help us to not only recognize Christ’s transforming presence at work in these aspects of our culture but, instead of simply navigating past them, to also participate in them more thoughtfully and faithfully.
Previous Cross & Culture Events
- 2018: Creation Care
- 2017: Family, Friendship, and Celibacy: A Gospel-Centered Conversation on Homosexuality
- 2016: The Art and Impact of Documentary Film-making: IMBA MEANS SING
- 2015: Visual Arts in Culture, Christian Life, & Worship | Praying with the Eyes
- 2014: Re-Imagining Hymns | Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace
- 2013: Faith & Politics | Rafting the Political Rapids
Choir rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings. All Saints' choir welcomes new members on an ongoing basis, and will be participating regularly in worship throughout the year. Ages 12 and up are welcome, and some previous choir/singing experience is suggested. Visit the choir page or contact Jamie Taylor for more information.
Singing Stones - All Saints Hymns
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." - Luke 19:40
Listen to the All Saints musicians as they perform fourteen favorite hymns, including "Be Thou My Vision", "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", and "In Christ Alone."