Even though our new logo is an adorable little hexagon of verdurous multifaceted fun, some may wonder how we landed on a seed as the face of our production and music teams here at Grace. We thought it fitting, as the first entry on this brand new blog, to talk a little about the new design, why it's important, and the vision for our community going forward.
If you Google the definition of the word seed you'll get something like:
noun /sēd/ 1. a small object produced by a plant from which a new plant can grow, 2. the beginning of something which continues to develop or grow
A seed is supremely complex in its composition, having multiple parts and functionality wrapped up in one cute little package working together seamlessly to achieve its goal, (and all without needing sunlight to do so). It contains life unseen, and its objective: roots. The seed knows if you want fruit, you focus on the roots.
In scripture, seed imagery occurs 284 times in 259 verses spanning both old and new testaments. It seems that the concept and metaphor of the seed are central to how the Father gives us gifts, teaches us, and shows us areas of opportunity in our lives. The word of God is referred to as a seed in parables and by Peter, and Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 17 that faith the size of a mustard seed would cause nothing to be impossible for us. (Have you ever seen a mustard seed? Or how large a mustard tree is?)
Seeds are tiny, they can be impossible to see when scattered across the ground, not to mention the ones deeply planted, and they grow for quite some time before you can see them.
Wood that went to War
A seed takes time to produce. In Isaiah 61 it says we, "will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." The journey from acorn to fully grown oak tree takes 20 to 30 years. In the war of 1812 the USS Constitution, a monstrous wooden warship with a 475-man crew, 44 guns, measuring 204' long, and weighing 1,500 tons, deflected so much gunfire from the English ship the Guerrie're that her crew affectionately named her Old Ironsides. She was constructed almost entirely from oak and pine, (with lignum vitae for rigging components, such as sheaves, blocks, belaying pins, and deadeyes). Every single inch of wood used came from trees comprising thousands of years of collective growth coming from countless seeds. Seed. Tree. Ship.
In a way, we're building a warship. There's something about music and singing that is battle. As a community we're seeking growth, striving for excellence, honing our skills, and crafting our sets. We build the ship and raise the mast, we hoist anchor, raise the jib, and then the wind of God fills the sails and we just thank Him that we get to enjoy the ride out to sea.
When I think of our family, how far we've come, and who we are today: a fun community of artists, sons and daughters of the King, ready for an adventure together, I can think of no better representation of who we are and where we're going than a seed. We're laying foundations in 2016/17 for an unprecedented move of God at Grace, a new thing that springs up, making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I See The Seeds
I'm going to leave you with a prophetic moment of worship from our friend Amanda. The Lord gave her this Word during worship. I think it's apropos for our time now and for us as individuals and a family.
"Little Apple, you haven’t fallen far from the tree
And when you thought you were rotten, I saw the seed…
I see the seeds. I see the seeds…"
So this is our declaration: We have vision for the future. We have a voice. We will be a community that will create environments where Holy Spirit changes our church, our city, and beyond. We are planting seeds in each other and looking for seeds in our own lives. We're going to pray for and pour into our teams like never before and we're going to watch as God does miracle after miracle in the lives of our people. I'm grateful to be on this journey with you. This year = EPIC.