What is "Creation Waits?'
A Sneak Preview of Creation Waits
A Musical and Visual Art Show Celebrating Advent
Rediscovering the Wonder of Christmas
Sunday, November 29, 6 pm
Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
I wanted to re-share this interview about InSpero's "Creation Waits" Advent offering even though it's over three years old - our heart's are still the same.
The vision for this offering was birthed out of relationship. I believe there's great power in creative community. I am thankful for the gift of my friend Jenny Pruitt- her willingness to trust me with her heart and songs, and for this opportunity to step out in courage beside her. Jenny will be playing through about 14 songs she's written and I will be painting live beside her during the concert.
Obviously, I'm a painter- not a performing artist - so this is a stretch for me.
I am thankful for grace and those holding us up. Thank you to all the behind the scenes folk helping to organize, build easels for me, run sound for Jenny, and SO much more.
Jenny will be releasing her new Advent album the night of the event and the proceeds raised from the pieces I finish and sell will go to further the impact and vision of InSpero.org
a Birmingham based non-profit seeking to support and encourage our local creative community for the common good.
Following the concert there will be a Q&A with us and a coffee reception with milk and cookies for kids.
This year our home church is hosting us and we are humbled by how they have sought to support and encourage us to give this another go. We pray you are blessed.
We never imagined we'd be doing this- much less three years in a row...
"third time's" a charm...so here a bit of the backstory:
In our high-speed, instant-everything world, waiting is akin to sin. But especially this Christmas season, we need to learn to wait, to go from rushed to hushed.
Jenny Pruitt and Gina Hurry wanted to slow down and meditate on what Christmas and the coming Christ and Kingdom means. From their shared longing comes InSpero’s Advent offering to the community, “Creation Waits.” Jenny, a singer and songwriter, will debut her original music along with traditional hymns with new arrangements. Gina, an award-winning visual artist, will paint “live” in response to Jenny’s music.
“We want others to be able to slow down with us and enter this Christmas season with wonder and worship,” says Gina.
“I have been meditating on Psalm 130,” Jenny says. “I think of Mary as she waited for the birth of Jesus. I want to wait with her, to ponder, to rest.” Several of Jenny’s songs are lullabies, such as “Little Boy, My Joy.”
To get to know these artists and preview this show, Gina and Jenny answered a few questions.
Where did the idea for this show originate?
Gina: Jenny's music has stirred my imagination for years. I wanted more people to hear her, especially as we enter Advent.
Neither of us has shared our gifts in this way so we decided to take this step of courage together. It has confirmed my belief in the power of collaboration in creative community. We pray God will stir revival in the Church and beyond through our offering.
Jenny: I thought I had put away my musical gifts when I got married and very quickly had four children. But I couldn’t ‘not do it.’ Songs continued to pour out of me. I continued to be called to lead worship or sing my songs. People kept wanting more. Then Gina challenged me to sing my songs around Advent.
It just “so happens” that I had been meditating on one of my favorite hymns, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. A new arrangement for this hymn just poured out of me. It was if God was whispering, “I will give you the songs.” And when Gina said she would paint while I sang, how could I say anything but yes?
How did you become a songwriter? An artist?
Jenny: I’ve been singing and playing the piano all my life. After a music degree in college, I went to Nashville where I spent three years writing for Word Music. Even when I tried to shut it down, the words continued to flow. I began writing my prayers as music.
Gina: I too have been creating for as long as I can remember. For me, it comes through visual expression. It’s a God-given intuitive gift and I am thankful I can paint almost every day. Painting quiets my soul in a noisy world—it’s my way of agreeing with God that all shall be well.
What have you been thinking about as you consider Advent season?
Gina: I’ve been slowing down to marvel at the holiness and mystery of the gift of hope as I anticipate the coming Christ and his Kingdom. Advent makes me ponder this broken place we live in, the once-perfect-and-will-be-made-perfect world, and the tension we live in this in-between time.
I'm reminded of Narnia, and how in those stories there is a passageway between the two worlds. What if the Advent season is just such a way of allowing us to reach out and touch the holy if we just slow down and pay attention?
Jenny: “Slow down and pay attention” must be our common theme. I’ve been slowing down which makes me look at my own life in its weaknesses, struggles, and sins and then consider the amazing gift that God gave us in sending Jesus as a baby. It’s led me to worship and write new songs out of the wonder of it all. I’ve also been meditating about the purpose of waiting. All my life—even all the unsung songs I’ve written—seems to be about waiting. I’ve been humbled to see how God has woven all these songs and Gina and I together—to offer this good gift to our friends and community.
Gina: There are so many lines from Jenny’s songs that resonate with my tired soul, refocus me on God’s majesty, and remind me where my hope comes from.
Come Wait with Us!