Judith I Scott
The Evangelical United Church of Christ is located in an insular ethnic German community in the geographic center of the contiguous United States. Members view religion as a subset of a community mutual aid society. Members have expressed a feeling of incompetence regarding their ability to read and/or understand the Bible and have communicated disinterest in learning about God although they espouse Christian values. Therefore the challenge is to find a way of Biblical preaching that will excite this congregation and create a desire to be in relationship with God. The project included preaching the Lectionary Biblical text enhanced by artistic renderings of that text in custom-designed bulletin covers to provide visual reinforcement to the sermon as delivered orally with the goal of eliciting greater interest and meaning relative to knowledge of the living God.