In 1952, composer John Cage wrote a piece called 4'33" (Four minutes, 33 seconds). Originally written for a single pianist, it can be performed on any instrument or any combination of instruments. The choice of instruments does not matter, because during the entire duration of the performance not a single note is played. Several renditions of 4'33" have been recorded over the years. The idea behind this quirky composition is that the music consists of the ambient sounds of the room in which it is performed. The silence enables the audience to really listen.
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.