Australian Outback Church Paintings

Australian Outback church. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

Australian Outback church. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

Paintings of Australian Outback churches by Sian Butler. The paintings are free to download, print and share, but not for commercial use without the artist’s permission. Poetry about old Australian Outback churches also by Sian Butler.

Please remember this is poetry not theology. For example, I don’t personally think infant baptism is biblical. It is meant to be a poem (and a brilliant one in my opinion) and not a theological treatise.

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“Sacred Memories”

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Poem by Sian Butler

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The local mine has closed down

miners and families have moved from town

Small farms have failed to thrive

or in times of drought survive

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Church in the red heart. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

Old church in the red heart of Australia. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

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Most people have left

and the town is bereft

In the church attendance numbers fall

until there are simply none at all

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Sepia version - the above painting manipulated on a computer to look much the same as if Sian had done the same subject in sepia.

Sepia version – the above painting manipulated on a computer to look much the same as if Sian had done the same subject in sepia. Painting by Sian Butler, manipulated by her son, David Clode.

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But this is still Holy Ground

where memories abound

in this sacred place

far from the city’s rat race

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Church on a hill. Painting by Sian Butler.

Church on a hill. Painting by Sian Butler.

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For this church it is too late

it has finally bowed to fate

and closed its windows and door

yet it still holds reflections of yore

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Sepia version.

Sepia version.

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The echoes of sermons long past

these blessings will forever last

In the shadows and shafts of light

remain stories of wrong and of right

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Yellow church. Painting by Sian Butler.

Yellow church. Painting by Sian Butler.

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There were celebrations here

by folk who held life dear

They brought their troubles and also their joys

like the baptisms of baby girls and boys

after marriages made in love

and blessed by heaven above

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Sepia version.

Sepia version.

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Deaths came too

as they always do

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Australian Outback church. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

Australian Outback church. Pastel painting by Sian Butler.

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But one wonders why

a small child had to die

or a mother giving birth

then her body returned to the earth

with the infant left for another to rear

bravely trying not to shed a tear

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Sepia version.

Sepia version.

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Young soldiers in their prime

died long before their time

Some lives were long

as their bodies were strong

They lived till old age

and the life of a sage

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Gold church. Painting by Sian butler.

Gold church. Painting by Sian butler.

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There were rituals for humanity

that helped to save one’s sanity

On Good Friday people came to mourn

On Easter Sunday to be reborn

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Sepia version.

Sepia version.

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 The Christmas service was a joy

for every man, woman, girl and boy

with well-loved carols of choice

to which they could all give voice

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An inverted version - just for a bit of fun - looks a bit like a night time scene.

An inverted version which looks a bit like a night scene. There is a light on in the old church. Perhaps a remnant of two or three have gathered together in His name for a prayer meeting.

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One needs have Faith in an overall plan

that God has designed for each child, woman and man

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This building will for years still stand

now dilapidated, nothing grand

but the people who worshipped here

although no longer near

in their hearts will still hold

these memories of old.

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Thank you Sian for sharing your poetry and paintings with one and all.

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