Fifth Sunday of Easter
Week of: May 10, 2020
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-10
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:4-5, NRSV)
What a beautiful scripture this is, and yet how strangely abstract. How might you portray this scripture through your varied worship arts — especially as most of us are still creating worship experiences from our homes or recording in empty sanctuaries?
What would an altarscape look like if built around "living stones"? Would you use rocks covered with living moss? Would you display photographs of saints of your church who have built up your spiritual house? What about inviting your community to learn a simple dance routine in their homes for this scripture? Or how about filming a dramatic interpretation of different families in your church being built into a spiritual house?
In this season of Eastertide, part of me still somehow hears echoes of Palm Sunday in this scripture, when the rocks cry out to Jesus because of the pain and difficulty of being, well, rocks. I recall the Genesis story where mortals — or more literally earthlings — were made of dust (aka ground-up rocks) and received life from God's own breath. I feel a kinship with the psalmists who offered themselves as spiritual sacrifices to God through their emotional (sometimes melodramatic) song lyrics.
Today, may we find kinship with each other — with our fellow living, talkative rocks. May we support each other as we allow God to build God's spiritual houses, and may that be enough for today.
Oh God, speak to us through these beautiful scripture passages, and reveal something new to us, so that we may in turn reveal something about you to our community through our worship arts. Amen and amen.
Rebecca Garrett Pace
Director of Worship
White Rock United Methodist Church
Photo: Small rocks are seen on a table outside Stuart Auditorium prior to Tuesday morning worship at Music & Worship Arts Week 2019. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)