Living Pictures recreates scenes from Jesus’ life
by W. Winston Skinner
The boy Jesus receiving gifts from kings, the prophet preaching to the multitude, the healing of a woman with a hemorrhage, the agony of the cross and the glory of the resurrection – all were recreated at Living Pictures of Easter.
Living Pictures is an Easter tradition at East Newnan Baptist Church. Tableaux of scenes from Jesus’ life are created behind a sheer curtain which is made opaque or illuminated using light. Small movements – Jesus moving while preaching, Joseph putting aside gifts as they are presented – are part of the scenes. Colorful biblical costumes add to each tableau.
This year’s Living Pictures was presented on Palm Sunday. The theme for the evening presentation was “To Calvary and Beyond.” The presentation was accented with narration and music by the choir.
Soloists were Michele Bowden, Ansley Ivey, Shannon Pack and Bobby Stevenson, the church’s minister of music. For one selection, there was a trio consisting of Bowden, Cindy Carroll and Myrna Pope.
Stevenson said the goal of Living Pictures was to have “a great service where God can move.”
“We’ve had an opportunity to hear and see the glory of Jesus Christ – why God sent his only begotten Son to the earth to die for our sins,” Pat Latta, East Newnan’s pastor, said at the conclusion of the service.
“Because of our sins, we are separated from God,” Latta said. “God loves you with an amazing love.” Living Pictures provides visual images “so that we who are separated from God might be revived back into a right relationship with God,” he said.
During the service, prayers were offered by Latta and Frank Powers, pastor emeritus.