Filled with God's Spirit


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Week of: January 27, 2019
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

For in the One Spirit we were all baptized into one body ... and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13, NRSV)


Epiphany is a season of revelation and seeing Christ in new ways.

The church council was having a hard conversation about the state of a project that wasn't working. They were tired, discouraged, and unsure of how to move forward. The hour grew late. "We need to go home and get some rest," our leader said. "Let's pray that after a good night's sleep we will see things more clearly. We are not sure of the next steps, but we do know we are called to be faithful." We closed our meeting with a plan to meet the following week.

Sometimes as worship artists we cannot see a way forward and things seem bleak. At these times, we can call on the strength of God's Spirit to be faithful and allow the Spirit to reveal the next steps. That night we realized we didn't have to have all the answers, but we trusted that God was with us — a sign of the Body of Christ living in faithfulness and hope.


Ever-present God, I know I cannot always see how things will turn out, or what to do next. Help me trust that you are with me in the process. Help me continue to live in hope. Amen.

Norma Lee Kerns BarnhartThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Retired Elder, The United Methodist Church
Consultation, Preaching, Teaching, Retreat Ministry
Rockford, IL

Photo: Storm clouds linger over Lake Junaluska following an afternoon rainstorm at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018.   (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)

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