Week of: May 17, 2020
Scripture: Acts 17:22-31
The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is the Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. ... For "In him we live and move and have our being."
(Acts 17:24-25, 28a, NRSV)
Over the past few months, the worshipping life of many congregations throughout the world has been altered significantly. Many churches have embraced technology as a means to proclaim Christ to their members and anyone who wishes to view their live-streamed worship services. While live streaming worship is not new, it is a form of communication that many churches still hadn't embraced before this year.
The lectionary reading for this week reminds us that, "... the Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands." The buildings in which we worship do not, nor will they ever contain Christ; Christ dwells within each of us. No matter where we are or how we worship, Christ is there with us. These words remind me that God's love has not been removed from me; God has not been taken from me as our worship has changed over the past few months. God is always present. Christ is always with us no matter where we worship.
As a musician, my ministry to my congregation has shifted. While I haven't been in weekly rehearsals getting ready for our corporate times of worship, I have been talking on the phone, texting and emailing all of the members in my music ministry making sure they are safe and know that God loves them. Our roles as musicians and worship artists are not bound by just music or the arts; we are called by God to minister to our congregations.
Almighty God, creator and sustainer of the world, be with all of us, your children, as we continually seek new ways to share your love with the world around us. Give us receptive hearts to hear from you ... give us loving hearts to share your love with those around us, your children. Amen.
Kevin B. Chamberlain
Minister of Music and Organist
Avenue United Methodist Church