Updated: Oct 18, 2020
“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose..” (1 Cor. 1:10)
In this final segment of Steve’s sermon series “Trying to Find Jesus in the World” we explore together the continued divisiveness in the world around us and notice how it affects our lives even here. Sadly, we cannot be together in person to process and to ponder where the Spirit is present in the many places around us, yet we can tune our hearts to the Spirit’s Song by uniting together in prayers and meditations.
And so, we join together by sharing songs and hymns. We meditate, even from a distance, on the same Scriptures and praying together with our hearts open to Christ Jesus. We do all of this so that we can invite healing and wisdom and guidance into the midst of these troubled times.
Our United Methodist Hymnal has a section dedicated to “the Nature of the Church”. The very next section is entitled, “United in Christ”. Where those two sections meet, we find the Hymns, “O Church of God, United” (UMH 547) and “In Christ there is No East or West” (UMH 548). The lyrics of these two hymns bring us to the heart of Jesus’ message through the prophetic Church that Steve has called us to become once more.
We are called to find our common ground as followers of the Christ, and to come together for common purpose of Living out the Love and being the Presence of Christ in the world today.
Here is the third verse of “O Church of God United”. May it become our prayer today:
Though creeds and tongues may differ, they speak, O Christ, of thee; and in thy loving spirit we shall one people be. Lord, may our faithful service and singleness of aim proclaim to all the power of thy redeeming name.
May our thoughts, words and actions, O Love, be pleasing in your sight.May we, as members of your Beautiful body, speak and act in ways that bring unity rather than division, healing rather than harm, and benefit rather than detriment to your creation. Help us, Beloved, to be a people of Reconciliation and Grace, just as You are.Amen