Call for Art 2021 Stations of the Cross

You are invited to be part of the 2021 Stations of the Cross. In this prayerful journey, participants move from one station to the next, experiencing Jesus’ last hours with art , scripture, devotions and interactive elements.

Art of every form is welcome. You are invited to submit paintings, drawings, collages, digital art, sculptures, photography, blacksmith and other artisan pieces, all for a display that honors God and encourages participants to grow in appreciation for Jesus’ choice to take the cross. These are difficult moments to portray. It is our prayer that these pieces will deepen our appreciation of Easter.

Please contact pastor@barnesvillefumc.org for more information or to indicate interest in providing art for a station.  Please indicate a scene or scripture that takes place after Jesus’ triumphal entrance and before Easter. At the bottom of this post are potential scenes and scriptures.

The other posts at this website show the art shared for the 2019 Stations of the Cross. We are especially thankful to Rev. Mike Ruffin who wrote all the devotions.

Timeline for 2021 Stations

Submit indication of interest – early interest increases the likelihood that we can use your art. Our devotion writers must have sufficient time to write an appropriate devotion to accompany your piece.

Monday March 15 – Deadline for Art Delivery to Barnesville First United Methodist Church. Art can be delivered early at the church office, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am – 3pm, or by appointment.

Prayer Walk Open to the Public
March 23 – March 26, Tuesday – Friday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
March 30 – April 2, Tuesday – Friday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
April 3, Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Suggested topics for artistic pieces

There are many formats for the Stations of the Cross. Some follow the traditional path of stations in Jerusalem, and others use the scriptures recommended by Pope John Paul II. We encourage artists to select whatever scene in scripture in which God is speaking to them. We trust that God will use any depiction of the scripture story to bring healing and hope. Since the exhibition is before Easter, please select a scene that is before the resurrection, to help participants fully understand the depth of love shown in Jesus’ sufferings and death.

Examples of scenes leading to the death and resurrection:

Matthew 21, Mark 11:

  • Jesus enters Jerusalem (also Luke 19:28-38)
  • Jesus turning the tables in the temple
  • Jesus teachers in the courtyards. He gives the Great Commandment

Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22:

  • A woman anoints Jesus
  • Jesus shares a meal with his disciples at the last supper
  • Jesus predicts Peter’s denial
  • Jesus prays in Gethsemane.
  • Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss
  • Jesus is arrested
  • Jesus before the council (Peter’s first of 3 denials)

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23

  • The trial before Pilate
  • Christ is condemned to death.
  • Soldiers mock Jesus
  • Jesus takes the cross
  • Simon of Cyrene is made to carry the cross.
  • The women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus (Luke 23 only)
  • Jesus is stripped of His garments.
  • Jesus is crucified.
  • Soldiers cast lots for his garments (also John 19)
  • A sign “King of the Jews” placed above him (also John 19)

Luke 23

  • Jesus converses with the two thieves (Luke only).
  • Jesus asks the Father to forgive the soldiers (Luke only)

John 19

  • Jesus sees his mother and places her in the care of a disciple
  • Jesus thirsts and is given vinegar

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19

  • Jesus dies. There is darkness.
  • The temple curtain splits (Matthew, Mark)
  • Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross.
  • He is laid in the tomb.
  • On the Sabbath they wait.
  • The women prepare spices and journey to the tomb.
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