Week of: September 3, 2017
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15
There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.
(Exodus 3:2, NRSV)
The burning flame is one of God's most frequently chosen forms of presence: Exodus 13:21, Deuteronomy 4:12, Exodus 19:18, and other Scriptures refer to God's presence in fire. Through fire, God reached one of the Bible's greatest leaders. Moses fled Egypt because he had killed an Egyptian master. He was shepherding in the desert not knowing what his future held and thinking he was alone. During this time Moses saw a bush burning but not being consumed. The great I AM became known to Moses through the flames, marking a turning point in his life.
God’s holy fire guided Moses and the people of Israel throughout their wilderness journey. It filled the tabernacle and later the temple of the Lord. That holy fire fell upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost and today it dwells in our hearts. I am reminded of God’s presence when the flame enters our worship space, knowing that surely God is with us. This is the most basic but perhaps the most powerful visual we have as worship artists. May the fire of God burn brightly in your life, today, and always!
Holy God, may we always be reminded of your love and grace by the light of flames. Help us to share the joy of your love with others in all that we say and do. Amen.
Director of Music Ministry
First United Methodist Church
Photo: Candles adorn an altar prior to evening worship at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR, during Awaken 2017, The Fellowship's Biennial Convocation.