TCC is blessed beyond measure with a number of talented visual artists that are regularly involved in the life of our church, and more specifically in our worship. We almost always are using some form of Visual art in our worship and you will encounter various mediums including, representational and abstract painting, sculpture, wood block prints, textile art and installations. Our aim is to embrace the arts in worship in ways that enhance God’s story and glorify him through aesthetic beauty and the gifts that He has given to us, His people.
Below are a few of our liturgical art installations from past events in our church.
Architecture of TCC
God as Triune
The sanctuary was designed to symbolically represent the three persons of the Trinity with the working Christ at the center.
The candlebox represents the presence of the Father in creation – light and fire. Additionally, the seven compartments represent the ever-creating nature of God through the seven days of creation.
The cross and empty tomb occupy a prominent place at the right of the chancel, visually representing the death and resurrection of our Lord. Fourteen pendant lights point to the cross. Members of the building committee were especially thrilled with the duel meaning of these pendants. First, they represent the fourteen Biblical Stations of the Cross. Second, beginning from the back of the sanctuary to the front, each pendant is etched with an individual set of rings which, when laid over the melodic score, notate the first fourteen pitches of the hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.”
The Holy Spirit
The prayer chapel represents the Holy Spirit who has come to glorify Christ and to apply His saving work to our lives. The skylight piercing the internal darkness of the chapel and the spiral construction which envelopes worshipers in God’s presence and draws them into the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Additionally, the stones are representative of believers – the living stones of the church, held together by the Holy Spirit.
The exterior of the worship space is also intentional. The courtyard is a gathering space for God’s people. The bell tower marks God’s kingdom of peace, His shalom, rising up over all the earth. The bell is rung at the beginning and end of each service as well as during special holy days. A hand-etched tableau that summarizes the story of God occupies the subtle space of the tower, creating a striking image as one passes into the sanctuary. Finally, there are twelve office windows on the front of the building symbolizing the apostles and three olive trees to their right, represents the Trinity.
Opus Art Show
OPUS is an art exhibition, hosted by Tampa Covenant that engages the visual Art community and provides an amazing gallery experience for our neighborhood. The show is in its third year and features local artists from the greater West Florida area. It is free both to show in and free to attend. There is no cost to the artist, no gallery fee, and OPUS does not take a percentage of any sales of the art. This is a wonderful way to offer up our unique industrial-modern space to bless the arts community and our city with the creative.
Visit www.opustampa.com to find out more!
“Art reveals the power of the intuitive, capturing the reality hiding beneath the culture.”
― Makoto Fujimura, Silence and Beauty
The Sunshine Brass Band
The Sunshine Brass Band is Tampa Bay’s only British-style brass band. Led by conductor James Cheyne, this nationally award-winning band released its debut CD, Sunshine & Brass, in 2003 and Joy, a collection of holiday tunes in 2013.
The Sunshine Brass Band and Tampa Covenant Church have long enjoyed a great partnership of worship and great music and have enjoyed several collaborations between the band and the Tampa Covenant Chancel Choir. In 2015, the The Sunshine Brass Band was officially named Artist in Residence at Tampa Covenant Church and in order to officially expand the partnership of the two institutions while continuing to provide fantastic music for the greater Tampa Bay Community.