Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: July 14, 2019
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
(Luke 10:27, NRSV)
For worship arts leaders, there are three stages to the rhythm to our work:
- We study scripture and discern how best to express it using resources of our art forms;
- we teach our worship artists to employ their gifts to express that message; and
- we set people free in the act of worship to express their love for God and neighbor.
Each stage of our work contains within it a beautiful invitation to employ our entire being – mind, heart, body – to express our love for God and neighbor.
When we can stay connected to God/Love in all our doing with our mind, heart and body, we more fully inhabit God/Love in our being – in our soul. It’s whole-making, liberating, healing and holy work.
The inherent beauty of staying connected to God/Love in each stage of our work is that over time, we become transformed. And as Father Richard Rohr says, “transformed people transform people.”
This is how worship artists make disciples.
“God, I don’t really know what it means to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and my neighbor as myself, but I’m willing to give it a try. Amen.” *
* My prayer of dedication at age 15.
President-Elect, The Fellowship
Deacon, The United Methodist Church
Lynchburg District Revitalization Coordinator
Photo: A dramatic portrayal of the story of Nicodemus as found in John 3:1-21 during a morning worship service at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)