Color in worship lighting is one of the most over-looked and misunderstood visual worship elements. I literally cringe when I see 17 different colors in a room during worship. Just like each instrument has a part to play and has a specific tone, and just how every word of the song or prayer or sermon is chosen because it has a specific meaning, COLORS have their own meaning in worship, and we would be wise to be aware of what each one means.
You might have more words to describe each color, but here are some starters:
Red - blood, passion, war, anger...intensity...Good Friday
Blue - peaceful, night, calming, serene...Christmas night
Purple/Magenta - joy royal, majestic
Amber - candlelight, warmth, intimacy, stillness
Yellow - bright, happy, loud...Easter
White - cleanliness, holiness
Black - silence
Why no green? I don't use green lighting in worship because it's so closely associated in our culture with aliens, the Matrix...and other things that are just...weird. (Granted, I love the Matrix and alien sci-fi, but not during worship.) Now, green DOES also communicate life, growth, abundance...so if I want to show green imagery around the room of creation, I'll use amber lighting to represent the sunlight.
I recommend only 2-3 colors at a time...from the SAME FAMILY. So: blues...reds...ambers...NOT red over here on the keyboard, blue on the guitar, and amber in the Environmental Projection. Bleh. That's basically 3 different emotions going on there. Now, you CAN get really creative with using color to show contrasting emotions; just be aware that you're doing it - during a drama or special music perhaps. I'm talking about generally, in corporate worship, be wise with your lighting color choices.
Posted on Fri, May 6, 2011
by Camron Ware filed under