Week of: May 31, 2020
Scripture: John 20:19-23
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
(John 20:19, NRSV)
As we come to the end of May 2020, those of us in worship leadership may find that we can really relate to the disciples in this scene. We may identify with being "locked in the house for fear," or with being somewhere between the "last days" of leading worship online and "the first days" of a new era of in-person worship, strictly modified by precautions for not spreading the novel coronavirus. Many of us are navigating the challenge of doing both.
Not unlike the disciples, we may be heartbroken at not being able to sing, yet anxious about following guidelines, exhausted by the required adaptations, and scared someone is going to get sick.
If there's anything we need right now, it's the peace that Jesus was breathing into his friends. You are his friend! Take a deep breath and let the peace of the Risen Christ fill you now.
Breathing out, I release my fear. Inhaling, I receive your peace. Your peace renews my spirit.
Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor
President, The Fellowship
Revitalization Coordinator, Lynchburg District of the Virginia Conference
Photo: A stained glass window featuring a dove as seen in Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)