First Sunday in Lent
Week of: March 10, 2019
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
(Deuteronomy 26:8-9, NRSV)
The Israelites struggled with spiritual amnesia as they journeyed to the Promised Land. Deuteronomistic history suggests that Moses gave instruction to Israel about what they were to do when they entered the Promised Land. They should gather the first fruits and make an offering to God. With this offering came a specific prayer and response of remembrance.
Worship artists also experience spiritual amnesia and need to offer up a similar prayer of remembrance. After all, we have just entered into one of the busiest seasons of the Christian year. I imagine most of us are planning special arts displays, offering deeply meaningful musical experiences, and planning special services. The hefty workload we encounter during this time of year may cause us to forget that God's mighty hand has been at work; that God's power will strengthen us to do ministry; that God will see us through this Lenten journey.
Every rehearsal, every dance, every brushstroke provides an opportunity for us to become aware of God's provision, mercy, and grace. Thanks be to God for the reminder that God moves in our lives and worship ministries!
God of grace and God of glory, pour out your spirit on your servants. Remind us that you set out ahead of us, move behind us, hover over us, and undergird us to carry out your purposes in the world. Thank you for the constant reminders of your presence. Amen.
First United Methodist Church
Development Coordinator, The Fellowship
Photo: Dancers participate in a reading during worship at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)