Week of: July 7, 2019
Scripture: Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.
(Galatians 6:1, NRSV)
Paul writes these words to the church in Galatia to teach them how to live together in Christian community. The rest of the passage seems to caution against pride, being judgmental, and being driven by ego. Paul encourages humility, patience and gentleness.
I've always thought that there is no better example of Christian community than a worship arts group. Whether we come together to sing, dance, play instruments, or create art, we create Christian community each time we rehearse or offer our gifts in worship.
How we treat one another when we are together makes all the difference. Most especially, how we as leaders treat our participants when we make corrections makes all the difference. When we lead with a spirit of gentleness, we have the power to set people "free to serve the Lord with joy." When our leadership is hindered by pride, a judgmental attitude, or our own ego needs, we also have the power to harm or even destroy Christian community.
How can we learn to lead like Paul suggests?
Gentle Spirit, live in me. By your mercy, let me live and lead in you. Let all I do and say honor and restore the beloved souls that you have entrusted me to lead. Amen.
President-Elect, The Fellowship
Deacon, The United Methodist Church
Lynchburg District Revitalization Coordinator
Photo: Sylvia Bryant leads dancers in a workshop on “Dancing the Spirituals” during Music & Worship Arts Week 2018.(Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)