animal crackers (or graham crackers, goldfish, pretzels, or similar
Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? (v. 15a)
Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) Excellent! This morning, we're going to play a quick game. (pick a child)
(Child's name), pretend you are my best friend. We're such good friends that we do
everything together. We play baseball, we ride our bikes, we even watch television
together. I have this animal cracker. Who do you think I'm going to give this animal
cracker to? It's my last one, and my best friend here really wants it. Who am I going to
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.