“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” — Hebrews 12:28–29
The Gratitude Walk was built for families to come at their leisure to experience a guided time of reflection and solemn worship through an artful and immersive journey of gratefulness as we prepared our hearts for this Thanksgiving season.
Each station invited people to engage from the moment of receiving their own chunk of clay to represent God creating humankind from the earth (Genesis 2:7). People continued through six stations of gratitude as they were invited to find thankfulness through beautiful works of ceramic art, press clay into molds, and remember God’s goodness in the beauty of nature. As they walked people experienced several works of art from Denise Weyhrich, Saddleback’s 2020 artist in residence.
Ceramic molds and artwork by Denise Weyhrich
Florals by local Florist Megan Sauder
Custom Vase by David Kricorian
Graphic Design by Alyssa and Tylyn Rikimaru
Concept by Jason Leith with collaboration from Steven Homestead, Michelle Lum and Denise Weyhrich, and Rommel Manio
Commissioned by John Cassetto and Rick Warren
Special Thanks to Maintenance team and facilities team
Special mention to Dan Long for days of work and building projects
Thank you to Steven Homestead, Jose Lozano, Michelle Helm, Sonja and Samantha Dix, David Bradshaw, Alexi Bordbar, Sandhya Artique, Michael Stancato and more.
Experienced by over 1,000 people
Built completely by SVA Volunteers and local artists
A first for Saddleback Church
A 20-year dream realized in the work of Denise Weyhrich
Provided a safe way for people to be together outside over Thanksgiving.
Families continued to express how they were coming back multiple times
To be a community that disciples, equips, and sends-out artists that better understand their calling, influence, and impact. This transformational creative community makes the Bride of Christ more beautiful and gives the world a better understanding and view of God.