Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have ever been
on a trip with your family? (Let them answer.) When you travel in
the car do you sometimes travel through towns that are so little
that you don't even remember what they are called? (Let them
answer.) Sometimes when you pass through some of those little
towns, if you blink your eyes, you'll miss the town. That's an
expression some people use to tell just how small a town is. How
many of you have heard of a town called Bethlehem? (Let them
answer.) Can anyone tell me who was born in Bethlehem? (Let them
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.