Week of May 23, 2021
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
(Acts 2:1-4, NRSV)
To the leaders of music and worship:
You handle fire, you know.
The unaware might think you are just the "music person,"
milling about up front, occasionally speaking,
mostly leading hymns or, these days, providing songs in other ways
for congregants in various states of alertness.
But those who pay attention know:
you handle fire.
You lead us out of ourselves and into something much bigger,
because you know the fire is for everyone and you want us to know it, too.
You lead us, through melody sung and heard, to things beyond what can be seen –
to peace that passes all understanding,
love that defies description,
grace that precedes us, surrounds us, and carries us home.
Voices rise in song and as we listen, smoke curls around our feet,
sparks flame up in our hearts,
and the church is anointed by fire again.
It isn't a magic trick,
and you are not responsible for it or in charge of making it happen.
The fire existed long before you came on the scene,
and it will burn on long after you have moved on.
But this Sunday, as the body gathers to listen or sing,
we will all handle fire;
or, as happens through God's miracle of music –
fire will handle us.
God, please bless all the music and worship leaders. Grant them fresh inspiration and peace. Their work is so important. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church