Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: November 11, 2018
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.
(Mark 12:42, NRSV)
In faith and humility, the widow placed two small copper coins in the temple treasury, a mere fraction of the temple offering. What if our gifts as worship artists are like those two copper coins? Sometimes our individual creative offerings are but a small part of the whole worship service. Yet Jesus saw the widow's gift as an act of radical generosity because the coins were all she had to live on. They were her livelihood.
Creativity is our livelihood as worship artists. It connects us to the Source of Life. When I'm unable to use my creative gifts, I begin to shrivel up. Like the two coins, creativity is a lifeline.
When the widow made her offering, she surrendered everything she had to live on and all she hoped to be into God's generous hands. Creativity contains within it an element of surrender. We let go of control, and of our egos, allowing creativity to take us where the creative process leads. The anthem, liturgical dance or liturgy turns out differently – often better – from what we hoped, precisely because surrender is inherent in the creative process. Our offerings as worship artists, like the two coins, become acts of radical generosity when we surrender to the God of creativity.
Generous God, help us to let go into your love and your grace. Teach us about the way of radical generosity. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Karla M. Kincannon III
Retired Elder, Virginia Conference of The UMC
Affiliate Faculty, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Photo: An altar display created by Rev. Dr. Karla Kincannon, our Reflection author, is shown prior to a morning worship service at Music & Worship Arts Week 2015. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)