Leaning In


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Week of: September 27, 2020
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13

God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out (God’s) good purposes.
(Philippians 2:13, CEB)


In this unprecedented time, I am certainly not the only one asking: How do we offer effective, relevant worship experiences? We are all in an off-the-map place. Funny, it's somehow comforting in knowing that we are all in this together, and there is solidarity.

Our church continues to provide virtual worship, complete with virtual choir pieces and artwork. It is tempting to feel stuck by the nearly overwhelming amount of work that goes into this new way to worship each week, but let's turn a corner here. We are each uniquely enabled, by our Creator God, to both want to work and live out the work at hand.

Take a moment today to connect with that ember, that calling which God placed in your soul for ministry. This is the "want." It is God-given. Perhaps then, take another moment to be still and permit the Spirit of God to reveal ways to creatively "live out" the work ahead. Surprising ideas may come to mind! Lean into this uninhibited creativity.

OK. Let's listen, and then, let's get to work.


Holy Spirit, think through us until your ideas become our ideas. Amen.

Janna PetersonJanna Peterson
Director of Music Ministries
Normal First UMC
Normal, IL 


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