Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have friends? (let them answer; then ask several children the names of their best friends) Good, everyone has friends. Some of us have best friends. What is the difference between friends and best friends? (let them answer) Friends are people we like to be with when we go to school and church. Friends are people we like to play with after school and on Saturday and Sunday. A best friend is someone you share your life with every day. You tell them happy things in your life; you tell them sad things in your life.
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.