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Welcome to the Stations of Advent Christmas Tree

This art installation is inspired by the work of the artist, Piet Mondrian.  Mondrian began his career as a fairly realistic landscape painter, and over the course of his career, his work became gradually more simplified.  He loved to paint trees, and he was fascinated by the lines and the shapes that made up each tree.  Over time he stripped away all of the visual information leaving only the lines and the shapes of a tree.

This is where you come in!  As we invite Christ to work in us, and celebrate the coming of Christ incarnate, think about whether you would like to have more clarity in your life or more simplicity.  In a time of increased consumerism and materialism surrounding the Christmas season, more than ever, Christians need to go against the status quo and be culture creators.

Virtual Tour: Clarity vs. Simplicity
From right to left (counterclockwise)\

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The Path of Simplicity (from right to left)

  1. “Simplified living requires more than just organizing your closets or cleaning out your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul.” – Bill Hybels
  2. “The world keeps us occupied with the superficial at the expense of the meaningful.” – John Michael Talbot
  3. “Simplified living is about more than doing less. It’s being who God called us to be, with wholehearted, single-minded focus. It’s walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favour of the few to which we’ve been called for which we’ve been created.” – Bill Hybels
  4. “Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.” – Stephen R. Covey
  5. “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” – Augustine of Hippo“Living simply entails clearing our lives and our houses of spiritual as well as material clutter.” – Catherine Whitmire

The Path of Clarity (from left to right)

  1. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Jesus
  2.  “We need to begin to live the way we want the world to become.” – Wilmer A. Cooper
  3. “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” – Augustine of Hippo
  4. “The church–the body of Christ–is the place where God invites us to renew our loves, reorient our desires, and retrain our appetites.” – James K.A. Smith
  5. “Human beings were designed to changes the world. If we aren’t making the world different in some way, we’re likely to get depressed.” – Donald Miller
  6. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and sin that so easily entangles.” – The Apostle Paul
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