Art at St. John’s

Throughout the year we invite you to express yourself in artistic ways. Each season we will provide a theme as inspiration based on a Bible verse, in hopes that people will reflect on the theme and create art that is inspired by it. Various media of art are welcome, so whether you are someone who loves to draw, or someone who loves to paint, or someone who loves to sculpt, or someone who loves to knit, the possibilities are endless!

As always, members of the community are invited to participate, since this is a place where “All Are Welcome”. We will display the art in the vicinity of Highland Hall, so that all who come to our building can experience the work that has been offered. Then, on an advertised Sunday we will have an open house in the morning where we will invite all of our artists to be present to have conversation with those who come to see it so that they can gain a better understanding of how the artist sees the theme reflected in their work.

We hope that this art series will be a reminder that we can express our faith in many and various ways, and that our artistic expressions can be edifying to those who experience them!

  • Season 1 (on display in early winter): “The Beginning,” based on John 1:1-5
  • Season 2 (on display in late winter): “A Time for Everything,” based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
  • Season 3 (on display in spring): “Do Not Worry,” based on Matthew 6:25-34
  • Season 4 (on display in summer): “Love Is,” based on 1 Corinthians 13

More Info on Our Upcoming Theme

The theme for Season 3 is “ “Do Not Worry” and it is based on Matthew 6:25-34 which states:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Submissions can be dropped off at the church from Wednesday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 28. Please call the church at 412-364-1606 before bringing in your artwork. The art display will be set up on Wednesday, May 29.

To Submit Your Work

Please fill out our online submission form:

Online Submission Form

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please direct them to: sjlutheran@verizon.net or by calling the church office 412-364-1606.

DISCLAIMER: St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland reserves sole discretion to determine if artwork submitted for display is appropriate for display within the church. The church will not permit any works of art to be displayed within the church that are deemed by the church to be inappropriate for any reason.
In addition, those who seek to display works of art recognize that St. John’s does not provide security for art work. Therefore, those submitting art work for display agree to hold St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland harmless in the event of theft, damage to, or destruction of art work displayed within the church.