"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and
who is to come, the Almighty. (v. 8)
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you remember last week when we praised God by
saying something out loud? (let them answer) Let's see if we can do it again. (say "Christ is risen" three times and have them respond, "Christ is risen indeed!"
three times) Very good, this is something we want to say over and over again so that
the world knows what we believe. Every time we say the words, we build our confidence
and our faith.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.