Teachers or Parents: Young children especially have an acute
sense of what's fair and what is not fair. This story of God's
grace may not make sense to them, just as it doesn't make sense
to many adults. Grace just does not seem fair! The important
point here is that the children hear that God's grace is for
them. There is no tenure in the church that assures salvation.
*Learn the story about John Newton, the composer of "Amazing
*Learn and sing "Amazing Grace."
*Go to the kitchen and find several items weighing 16 oz.
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.