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Tree of Life

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download.

Description of Tree of Life

Symbolic of all creation, the Tree of Life points not only to the creation narrative in the first chapters of Genesis but also to the hope of creation's fulfillment mentioned in the last chapters of Revelation. Neither reference describes the type of tree it is. Here it is depicted as an olive tree. The olive tree reminds us of the covenantal relationship between God and creation. The evergreen leaves and its branches give shelter and rest. The abundance of fruit displays God's providence. The oil excreted from its leaf is used for healing. And for us, like for Noah, its leaves symbolize the hope and peace of renewal. Praise the Lord! May all creation serve and glorify our Creator God.

Scripture References

  • Genesis 2:9
  • Psalm 24:1-2
  • Revelation 22:2b

Occasions for Use

  • Creation
  • Providence
  • Easter
  • Pentecost
  • Funerals

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."