2015 Sermon Graphic Recap

Each year, our Lead Pastor, Brady Herbert, does a Sermon Recap where he revisits and reflects on his favorite/least favorite sermons/sermon series from this past year. It’s really cool to look back and see his thoughts on the series/sermons, but personally, it’s also a unique way to process and remember what all God had taught me over the course of the year.

A lot can happen over the course of a year. In 2015 there were a total of 8 different sermon series with 8 stand alone messages as well. Being an artist and therefore a very visual person, I correlate memories and ideas with visuals. For instance, when I see a sermon image from the past year, it brings back all the corresponding “big ideas” I might have taken away from that series. That’s one reason I believe it’s so important to create memorable graphics for each series – these are images that represent God teaching us powerful truths. Many times, when you listen to a song from your past, it can immediately take you back to that point in time and you instantly remember the season of life you were in. I think images can do the same thing. Sometimes after a year has gone by, just trying to remember what a sermon series was about could be extremely difficult, but looking at an image can be really helpful in recalling those lessons God showed us during that time.

That’s one reason I believe it’s so important to create memorable graphics for each series – these are images that represent God teaching us powerful truths.

That being said, I wanted to look back at 2015 and the images I created for the sermon series. This is a helpful practice for me personally, but I hope it can be just as meaningful for you as well. Below, I’ll go into detail about each sermon series image (I am not covering stand alone sermon images). I’ll talk about my favorite, my least favorite, and things in between. Please feel free to comment below with your favorite and least favorite (of course with your reasoning, too). I love hearing how meaningful, or not, an image was for you during this past year and your time with Harris Creek.

So, with that being said. Here is my 2015 Sermon Series Graphic Recap.

If you needed a reminder the 2015 sermon series, here are the 8 images I’m critiquing:


Favorite Overall Sermon Series Graphic:



This might be my overall favorite in similar ways to why “The Noonday Demon” was my “most surprising” image last year – the series was incredibly meaningful for me and therefore the image carries a lot of meaning as well. Along with that, aesthetically, this image matches my personal design preference (many images I design for Harris Creek might not be). I can’t take credit for the heart diagram image in the background because I did not draw it, but I added several effects and edits I added to make the final product you see above. The only thing that still bothers me is what’s called the letter “kerning” (aka spacing) between the letter “O” and the letter “S.” I somehow missed that in the original design..but it still is my favorite from this past year!


Least Favorite Overall Sermon Series Graphic:

Life After Life



Everyone is saying a collective, “WHAT!?” right now, I know. So many people made comments about this design and how much they loved it. But just based on personal preference, I don’t love it. I love muted colors or neutrals – so you can see why this might not personally speak to me. It obviously fit the series really well – so it was successful as a series image, just not my personal favorite. Once again, to be honest and up-front with what I’m taking credit for, I did not make the butterfly. That is an image I grabbed from an online source. You all can tell me how wrong I am in the comments below.


Most Surprising Sermon Series Graphic:



This image was such an evolution of ideas – I definitely didn’t start out in this direction. Honestly, to begin with, I was quite stumped as to how this series could translate into an image that wasn’t to much of a “stretch” to understand or too abstract. I think that’s why this turned out to be the most surprising in the best way possible. This one of my top favorites as well, and it also might be the most I’ve ever manipulated an image for a series graphic. I had to photoshop quite a bit out of the original water photo, then grab the man from another photo, fixing what’s called a “color cast” on the guy to make him match the water and appear as one cohesive image. This was a technically challenging image to make, although the outcome was pretty simple. I just love the subtle nudge towards the tagline the “upside down nature of the gospel” and therefore flipping the water on it’s head. It makes the image kind of “trippy” and unexpected. So I think there’s a lot of symbolism there. The color theme on this is also one of my favorites – muted, but not all neutrals. The steel blue hits just right to me. Definitely an unexpected outcome for this series image!


Most Disappointing Sermon Series Graphic:

The Great I Am


Easter/Lent sermon series images are always so hard to nail down because you know you’ll be stuck with that image for a long period of time. As I start to design images that will be used for an extended period of time, this paralysis tends to seeps in during the design process. Therefore, it’s daunting to land an image for seasons like this. This series, that talked about the many different attributes of the “Great I Am,” also made it difficult to nail down a singular image since it covered such a wide variety of topics (thanks Brady). Since we changed the weekly sermon series images depending on the attribute we focused on that week, it also made this a dauntingly huge sermon series image set to make. On top of the usual images I make for every sermon series (title slides, content slides, posters, Instagram, etc.) I had to do all of those for EACH sermon instead of one for the entire series. That could also contribute to the negative feeling I have towards this image – justified right? Right. There were tons of opportunities with each name of God to get really crazy creative with it. I could have taken this a few steps farther and I would have been happier with it. The final outcome just wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.


That’s all I have! To be clear, these are just all MY opinions. Not anyone else’s. Just mine. I definitely want to hear from you too! Leave a comment with your ranking and thoughts on any of the graphics from 2015. Comment below!



6 thoughts on “2015 Sermon Graphic Recap”

  1. Favorites:
    1) God in the Movies — Reminds me so much of a movie teaser with the “critic” pull-outs. Muted colors make your eyes see what is there at first glance but strain to see what else is present, a la discerning culture for the sake of the gospel.

    2) Our Turn — Retro feel with the image but a dramatic pop with the yellow banner = the past is in the background (not forgotten) but we’re anxiously waiting to see God at work in the forefront of our ministries. Terrific work with all the collective pieces that went in with this sermon series and ongoing campaign.

    + The Dreamer font was difficult to read on the TVs at the Downtown Campus. The colors were appropriate for Joseph’s story.
    + Totally missed the flipped water image of #Blessed until reading your post. Shame me.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughts!!

      I did love how different God in the Movies was in terms of using a “script, handwritten” font feel versus the typical “straight forward” fonts we use.

      Totally remember “The Dreamer” being hard to read Downtown. Downside. 🙁
      So glad to open your eyes to the upside down water trick! 😉

  2. I am always in awe of the graphics. They are amazing and each week so unique and specifically taylored to the sermon. I’ve wondered who creates those beauties. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Your talents are endless! I loved all the Our Turn graphics, but would be hard pressed to pick a favorite.

    1. Thank you so much Caryn!! I definitely liked the Our Turn ones as well – they were the first sermon images that I’ve ever used a unique image from Harris Creek (not stock imagery), so that made that one special! Thanks for your kind words — coming from you, an artistic person in your own right, they mean a lot!!

  3. Rebecca you have such talent. DANG. I originally came across your “Parables of Jesus” graphic you made because I am a recent church plant pastor and we’re doing a parables series coming up. I’ve noticed that several churches have used this image for a similar sermon series, would you mind if our church also had the opportunity to do the same?

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