Acrostic – A number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters.
Advent – The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
African Christian Clip Art – African people refers to natives or inhabitants of Africa and to people of African descent.
Agnus Dei or Lamb of God – In Christianity and Ecclesiastical Terms the figure of a lamb bearing a cross or banner, emblematic of Christ.
Alpha And The Omega – In Christianity the Alpha and Omega are the first and last part of that which signifies God’s eternity.
Altar Guild – A fellowship of congregation members who provide for the decoration of the altar in a Christian church.
Animated Gifs – Sometimes I include these with the poetry and or sermon illustrations on my blog. These are “freeware” dedicated to the larger internet community, published by a wide variety of news groups. Most of these gifs. creators have elected to remain anonymous. You may swipe these little animations for your own web pages; these do not belong to me but to anyone who wishes to use them.
Ash Wednesday – The seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality.
Baptist – A member of an evangelical Protestant church of congregational polity, following the reformed tradition in worship, and believing in individual freedom, in the separation of church and state, and in baptism of voluntary, conscious believers.
Canadian – Canadians (singular Canadian) are the people who are identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be genetic, residential, legal, historical, cultural or ethnic. For most Canadians, several (frequently all) of those types of connections exist and are the source(s) of them being considered Canadians.
Catholic – A person who belongs to the universal Christian church or a member of a Roman Catholic church. Also, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutheran, and some Methodists believe their churches are catholic in the sense that they are in continuity with the original universal church founded by the Apostles.
Chi-Rho – A monogram and symbol for Christ, consisting of the superimposed Greek letters chi () and rho (), often embroidered on altar cloths and clerical vestments. Also called Christogram.
Christian Clip Art – A Christian About this sound pronunciation (help·info) is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament. “Christian” derives from the Koine Greek word Christ, a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term Messiah.
Christian Poems – are in the public domain; the graphics/visual illustrations included with them are not.
Christian Wedding Clip Art – A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage or a similar institution. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.
Christogram – is a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ, traditionally used as a Christian symbol. As in the case of Chrismon, the term Christogram comes from the Latin phrase “Christus Monogramma“, meaning “monogram of Christ”.
Different types of Christograms are associated with the various traditions of Christianity, e.g. the IHS monogram referring to the Holy Name of Jesus or ΙϹΧϹ referring to Christ.
Church Architecture & Interiors – Architectural elements, buildings, interiors etc…
Church Events – retreats, picnics, barbeques, dinners, etc…
Clip Art of Angels – One of a class of spiritual beings attendant upon God. In medieval angelology they are divided by rank into nine orders: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations (or dominions), virtues, powers, principalities (or princedoms), archangels, and angels
Clip Art of Children – Biologically, a child (plural: children) is generally a human between the stages of birth and puberty. Some vernacular definitions of a child include the fetus, as being an unborn child. The legal definition of “child” generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. “Child” may also describe a relationship with a parent (such as sons and daughters of any age) or, metaphorically, an authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; it can also signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in “a child of nature” or “a child of the Sixties”.
Cross Clip Art – The upright post with a transverse piece upon which Jesus was crucified.
Decorative Borders & Corners – Graphics used to decorate the borders and corners of pages.
Denomination Specific Clip Art – A large group of religious congregations united under a common faith and name and organized under a single administrative and legal hierarchy.
Easter – The most important festival of the Christian Church, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ: falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Education – Graphics that illustrate themes, subjects, and general subjects associated with teachers, classrooms, and school.
Father’s Day – Honoring Fathers: Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.
One early observance of a Father’s Day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Clayton’s celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon’s proclamation of Father’s Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church, as the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922.
Credit for what we now recognize as the official Father’s Day goes to Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas from Spokane, who invented her own celebration of Father’s Day in 1910. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
French Language – French (français [fʁɑ̃sɛ] or la langue française [la lɑ̃ɡ fʁɑ̃sɛz]) is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the province of Quebec and the Acadia region in Canada, and by various communities elsewhere. Second-language speakers of French are distributed throughout many parts of the world, the largest numbers of which reside in Francophone Africa. In Africa, French is most commonly spoken in Gabon (where 80% report fluency) Mauritius (78%), Algeria (75%) and Côte d’Ivoire (70%). French is estimated as having between 70 million and 110 million native speakers and 190 million second language speakers. French is the second-most studied foreign language in the world, after English.
German Language – German (Deutsch [ˈdɔʏtʃ] ( listen)) is a West Germanic language related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 90 – 98 million native speakers, German is one of the world’s major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union.
Good Friday or Holy Friday – The Friday before Easter, observed by Christians in commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Hanukkah – An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 b.c. of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 b.c.) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights.
Ichthys or ΙΧΘΥC or Ikhthus or “Jesus fish” or vesica pisces - In early Christian and ecclesiastical art, an emblematic fish, or the Greek word for fish, which combined the initials of the Greek words Ihsoy^s, Christo`s, Qeoy^ Gio`s Swth`r, Jesus, Christ, Son of God, Savior. These little “web” fish have a tendency to swim in and out of our pool according to the whether!
Infant Ministry and Pro-Life Clip Art – Ministries developed for the established well-being and protection of very young human beings. These ministries may also advocate the legal protection of human embyos and fetuses, especially by favoring the outlawing of abortion on the ground that it is the taking of a human life.
Liturgical Applique Patterns by Kathy Grimm – In its broadest sense, an appliqué is a smaller ornament or device applied to another surface. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration. The term is borrowed from French and, in this context, means “applied” or “thing that has been applied.”
Lutheran – Of or relating to Luther or his religious teachings and especially to the doctrine of justification by faith alone.
Mardi Gras - “Mardi Gras season”, and “Carnival season”, in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.
Messianic & Jewish – Those people of Jewish descent or heritage who are believers in Christ as the Messiah. Such believers sometimes inhabit Christian congregations or have established Jewish synagogues where they practice Judaism but are also believers in Christ as the Messiah.
Miracles – An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.
Mother’s Day – Honoring Mothers: In its present form, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis on May 9, 1905. A small service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna’s mother had been teaching Sunday school. But the first “official” service was on May 10, 1908 in the same church, accompanied by a larger ceremony in the Wanamaker Auditorium in the Wanamaker’s store on Philadelphia. The next year the day was reported to be widely celebrated in New York.
Jarvis then campaigned to establish Mother’s Day first as a U.S. national holiday and then later as an international holiday. The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of states followed quickly. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and requesting a proclamation. On May 9, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
In May 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives voted twice on a resolution commemorating Mother’s Day, the first one being unanimous (with 21 members not voting). The Grafton’s church, where the first celebration was held, is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine and is a National Historic Landmark.
Music Ministry Clip Art – The profession or duties of a minister of religion through music, musical activities, and worship.
Names of Jesus -
Native American – A member of any of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
Nautical or Maritime – Content relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors.
New Testament – The Gospels, Acts, Pauline and other Epistles, and the Book of Revelation, together viewed by Christians as forming the record of the new dispensation belonging to the Church.
Old Testament – The collection of books comprising the sacred Scriptures of the Hebrews and essentially recording the history of the Hebrew people as the chosen people of God; the first part of the Christian Bible.
Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday – The Sunday before Easter, observed by Christians in commemoration of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, when palm fronds were strewn before him.
Parable – A short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point.
Patriotic – Patriotic means expressing or inspired by patriotism. Patriotism is a devotion to one’s country, excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term’s meaning upon context, geography and philosophy. In a generalized sense applicable to all countries and peoples, patriotism is a devotion to one’s country. Our patriotic graphics are primarily in reference to Great Britain, The United States, and Canada. Although, patriotic graphics are not frequently associated with the Christian ministry, if patrons of our collection have need of them for their own discussions, sermon topics, or articles, we have provided a few of good quality that may be used for these purposes. The gallery does not seek to promote any specific political party, merely to provide for the illustrations of those discussions concerning politics in general for Christian ministry. How these graphics are used is dependent upon the discretion of every individual pastor, priest, Christian educator etc…
Photography by Charles Parsons Pettus – Pettus was the nephew of Dr. Charles Parsons. They both lived in St. Louis and were friends of my husband’s family. In 1894, they began a trip around the world that did not end until the following year, 1895. Dr. Parsons kept a detailed journal and included with it were also the photographs by his nephew. Only a few copies of the journal were published and one of these was gifted to my husband’s family. Although Dr. Parsons and his nephew have been dead for many years now, we think that both gentleman would be pleased to know that the journal’s contents are still being used to support ministry activities. During their trip, they were accommodated by many missionaries across the globe.
Places In The Bible – Those cities, villages, and geographical locations made reference to in biblical texts.
Prophecy – An inspired utterance of a prophet, viewed as a revelation of divine will.
Protestant Church Scholars & Catholic Church Fathers – A Christian scholarly method or scholarship is the body of principles and practices used by protestant scholars to make their claims about the Bible as valid and trustworthy as possible, and to make them known to their congregations. Catholic Church Fathers are any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom. Included also under this category are those pastors, evangelists, etc… that have reputable standing in either church.
Resurrection Symbols & Illustrations – The rising of Christ after His death and burial.
Sacraments – A visible sign of an inward grace, especially one of the solemn Christian rites considered to have been instituted by Jesus Christ to symbolize or confer grace: the sacraments of the Protestant churches are baptism and the Lord’s Supper; the sacraments of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches are baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, matrimony, penance, holy orders, and extreme unction.
Salutation – A word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
Sermons by Rev. Carl J. Segerhammer are taken from a small volume called “Gleaning From The Field.” It’s Dedication Reads:
“Dedication. To my first charge, the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of St. Louis, Mo., in whose service twelve years have now been spent, July 1905–July, 1917, this book is affectionately dedicated, with the fervent prayer that the congregation may continue to be a “salt that has not lost its savor,” a “light that is not hid under a bushel,” but shineth to the glory of God and the consummation of His Kingdom. Pastor Carl Joseph Segerhammer, B. D., Pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, St. Louis,Mo. 1912-1917.”
Sermon Illustrations/Written Texts Only – are originally taken from public domain resources, these are or will be eventually referenced under “References.” Visitors should also remember that Sermon Illustrations are given on this blog in order to stimulate thinking and conversation between people. It is not possible for me to believe or to have identical beliefs with all of the authors that I post on my blog; this is because authors come from different times, cultures and experiences. The Sermon Illustrations represent hundreds of opinions and are intended to promote discussion. If I were to eliminate those points of interest simply because I do not agree with every single little word selection, choice of topic or point of view, the resources posted here would lack the breadth of interest and topical studies needed for people to address a wider girth of study and debate. When using sermon illustrations in order to stimulate conversation, think also about “How To Disagree” online.
Saint Patrick’s Day – (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig; Ulster-Scots: Saunt Petherick’s Day) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.
Spanish Language – Spanish (español) or Castilian (castellano) is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of spoken Latin in central-northern Iberia around the ninth century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile (present northern Spain) into central and southern Iberia during the later Middle Ages.
Speech balloons – (also speech bubbles, dialogue balloons or word balloons) are a graphic convention used most commonly in comic books, comic strips and cartoons to allow words (and much less often, pictures) to be understood as representing the speech or thoughts of a given character in the comic. There is often a formal distinction between the balloon that indicates thoughts and the one that indicates words spoken aloud: the bubble that conveys subjective thoughts is often referred to as a thought balloon.
Stained Glass Clip Art – is developed from those collections designated to the American public by J&R Lamb Studios. J&R Lamb Studios, America’s oldest continuously-run decorative arts company, is famous as a stained glass maker, preceding the studios of both John LaFarge and Louis C. Tiffany. Graphics under this category have been fully redrawn, colorized and restored by Kathy Grimm for ministry use on the web.
Stewardship – The position and duties of a steward, a person who acts as the surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc.
Triquetra or Triqueta or Trinity Knot – A geometrical figure having three points, especially one formed of three intersecting ellipses: The triquetra was often used in ancient art to symbolize the Judeo-Christian Triune Deity.
Valediction – An utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory.
Saint Valentine’s Day – A holiday celebration named after two early Christian martyrs. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. The flower crowned skull of St Valentine is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) – is a specialized form of religious education which focuses on children. Churches usually hold the week long events during the summer, though the lengths of such programs may vary, and they are sometimes held during other times of the year.
Web banners and buttons for advertising – Web masters, designers and church staff creating ministry web pages may superimpose words, logos etc… on top of these for the purpose of linking and advertising.
More Graphic Categories Maintained at Art Education Daily:
Sock Hop Graphics in Popular School Colors – The sock hop was an informal sponsored dance at American high schools, typically held in the high school’s own gym or cafeteria. The term sock hop came about because dancers were required to remove their shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. These hops were a cultural feature of the 1950s and early rock and roll. The music was usually records, sometimes presented by a disc jockey. Occasionally there were also live bands. Danny and the Juniors sang “At the Hop” in 1957 which named many popular dances and otherwise documented what happened at a hop. The term record hop is generally synonymous with sock hop.
Yearbook Graphics in Black & White – These yearbook graphics from the 1940s have been digitized and redrawn by Kathy Grimm.
Graduation Silhouettes in Popular Colors – Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become Graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as Graduands. The date of graduation is often called degree day. The graduation itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation. At the University of Cambridge, the occasion on which most graduands receive their BA degree is known as general admission. After degree completion, graduates can be referred to by their graduating year. In the United States and Canada, it is also used to refer to the advancement from a primary or secondary school level.
Disability Graphics by Kathy Grimm – “Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. “ World Health Organization
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