Week of: June 14, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
(Matthew 9:36, CEB)
Did Jesus see the crowd only with his eyes or with his heart as well? Did he prejudge, categorize, or label them? Jesus saw the crowd. He listened to them with his heart to discern their trouble and their helplessness. We need to follow his lead as we prepare experiences to inspire meaningful worship for all people.
This is even more important as we prepare online worship. We need to be ensuring that everyone sees their place at the table regardless of labels or categories put on them by others or by themselves. During “in-person” worship we strive to make sure words, music, and visuals are inclusive. That is magnified when we deliver worship experiences online with the visual component becoming even more prominent.
As we produce our virtual church videos each week, we should concentrate on how to magnify the words visually. We are able to use visuals that show all people regardless of any labels or differences.
Hopefully, by seeing and thinking with our hearts, we help all people to truly see that there is a loving place at the table for them.
Dear God, help us learn to see all people by listening to them with our hearts. Give us the desire to include and inspire everyone. Amen.
Director of Music
College Heights United Methodist Church
Photo: Brian Combs speaks during closing worship of A Place at the Table, The Fellowship's Convocation held in Kansas City in July 2019. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)