New coins (new pennies from the bank would be excellent)
Jesus told a story once to tell us something about God. He
said that a man needed people to work for him so he said, "I'll
pay you good money if you will work for me today." (Now ask:
"Which of you will pretend to be this worker?" Let them respond.
Use more than one child so that, in the end, the last one hired
is the remaining child.) A few hours later he still needed help.
"I still need someone to work for me. I'll be fair and pay you
what you deserve for working for me," he said. (Ask: "Now who
will pretend to be this second worker?") At noon the owner still
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.