Grace | Out of Nothing | Easter 2005

'Out of Nothing' was an installation using Group Publishing's 'Worshipping the Creator' kit, which was developed by Jonny and Jenny Baker of Grace and Jon and Clare Birch of Sanctuary. The installation ran for three days and received 179 visitors.

'Out of Nothing' takes a meditative journey through the seven days of creation as recounted in Genesis 1. It begins with 'void', then six days have individual stations. Day 7, when God rested, is the rest area in the centre.

Participants carry a CD player with words and music on, one track per station. There are things to make or do on each station.

There is an extra-long track to listen to while resting in the centre, which recounts in a gently humorous way God's actions during the previous six days of creation. "And as he rested against a sturdy sequoia he closed his eyes and dreamed creatures with strange tentacles and shocking colours, plants which looked like animals and animals which looked like plants, a landscape of sound..."

'Void' [Genesis 1:2]:
The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. "Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world is to wait...what must it have been like to wait for the beginning of the universe?"

The First Day [Genesis 1:3-5]:
God said, "Let there be light"... "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

The Second Day [Genesis 1:6-8]:
God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."... "It is a good day to begin a journey. Is there somewhere God wants to take you today?" Write your dreams on a piece of paper. Fold it up to make a boat. "His love is as boundless as the ocean, and his breath is the wind which fills your sails."

The Third Day [Genesis 1:9-13]:
God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit..." "We were too busy to care for the land; and too sophisticated to take time for beauty; and we forgot that the garden was for everyone." One plant is dead and the other is living. What do you do with the dead plant - throw it away or nurture it back to life?

The Fourth Day [Genesis 1:14-19]:
Sun, moon and stars. "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, as measureless as the grains of sand on the seashore."

The Fifth Day [Genesis 1:20-23]:
God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly across the expanse of the sky"... "The skies he made for his creatures to fly in polluted with the by-products of convenience; the seas he made for his creatures to swim in ruined with the oil we so greedily consume." Place a stone on the pile to acknowledge our part in this sin, and anoint yourself with the oil of forgiveness.

The Sixth Day [Genesis 1:24-31]:
"God created man in his own image, male and female he created them"... "Open your heart and ask God to reveal the image of the divine he placed in you."

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