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"The Scarlet Cord"
© Ann Boyer LePere 2011
Cape Carteret Baptist Church
101 Anita Forte Dr.
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

In four triptychs (shown in sequence above and in more detail below), the Scarlet Cord Mural illustrates the CCBC ministry focus of "Connecting with Jesus, Becoming like Jesus, Serving like Jesus and Sharing Jesus." An "everyman" character is featured as he first hears God's Word from a Christian Motorcyclist Association member. From there he establishes a relationship with God through a personal connection with Christ, is baptized, engages in study and prayer, serves others both in his community and church and shares God's good news on a mission trip.

Rahab's "scarlet cord" from Joshua 2 is depicted as a red line linking each canvas. This is a foreshadowing of the blood of Christ, as is the Passover lamb's blood over the Israelite doorposts in Egypt. Both are portrayed as Bible study lessons in the "Becoming like Jesus" triptych. The scarlet cord serves as both a visual and a spiritual device to pull the mural together.

Each of the twelve canvases measures 48"x72" and is painted in acrylic. The project began in the fall of 2009 with prayer, study, and concept development from the four core courses to be illustrated. Models and reference photos were used from sources entirely outside the congregation to involve neighboring churches and the community. Preparation of materials and producing working sketches followed.

Painting began on site in April of 2010 using the former church kitchen as a studio. Throughout the year school groups and others visited to watch the process. In May of 2011 the completed mural was hung in the cupola of the Family Life Center. Visitors are welcome to see the mural during the week Mon.-Thurs. 9-5, Friday 9-noon and regular services on Sunday.

  • "The Scarlet Cord"