Seventh Sunday of Easter
Week of: May 28, 2017
Scripture: John 17:1-11
I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.
(John 17:4, NRSV)
The text of this passage from John are the words of Jesus' prayer, first and foremost. Yet, when it feels as though what I do is small compared to Jesus, I must remember that what I do, I do for the glory of God. Bringing God’s glory here on earth IS the "work."
In worship, imagine God listening, watching, and participating with God's own children rejoicing in the Spirit's presence. The work of worship brings God honor and glory. When God is put front and center in the design process and as the focus of our worship, then the singing, dancing, prayers, designing, preaching, ringing, strumming, and drumming all become instruments of glory to God — every time!
What we do matters, because worship is context for the sacred work which God has given us to do. What artists and congregation together create, prompted by the Spirit, blesses God's heart and moves others to join more deeply in the holy work of worship and discipleship beyond the walls of the church.
Jesus' words in John 17:4 are self-assured! I pray that God is glorified in what we offer in worship each Lord's Day, each season, worldwide!
Creator God, may all that we do, through our gratitude and love for you, bring you glory here on earth. Thank you for our work here in this place and time — uniting people through the arts that are a small part of your wonderful design. In Jesus' name, Amen.