Week of: May 19, 2019
Scripture: John 13:31-35
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
(John 13:34-35, NRSV)
This Sunday’s Gospel lesson falls under the heading, “The New Commandment.” We find Jesus admonishing the disciples to love each other, even as they have been loved. Peter’s vision found in Acts 11 reminds us that this mutual love is for everyone.
Centuries ago, Samuel Crossman (1624-1683) penned these words: “My song is love unknown, my Savior’s love to me, Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.” A 21st century paraphrase of the text is found in the anthem by Pepper Choplin, “Your Love Will Be My Song.”
Listen to the anthem and follow the score as you reflect upon the text.
“Your love will be my song, Your gracious love to me ...”
As worship artists — dancers, singers, instrumentalists, visual creators, prayer leaders, preachers — we must seek ways to allow Christ’s love to flow through our arts to touch the lives of others, to share the love that comes from Christ with all to whom our lives connect.
Loving God, fill our lives with the love of Christ and give us the courage and strength to share your love with everyone we meet. Cause us to sing, dance, play and create, so filled with the love of Christ that your presence in our lives is evident to all. Amen.
Director of Music Ministries
First United Methodist Church
Photo: The young adult choir rehearses in Memorial Chapel during Music & Worship Arts Week 2017. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)