Preparing sermons for Lent is a sacred challenge for every preacher that steps before their
people Sunday after Sunday to share from God's eternal Word. Lent is reserved on my
preaching calendar as a time to speak to the heart, the very soul of the people I pastor as a
parish priest. (Priest is used here in the non-sectarian meaning -- by using this title I hope
to underscore the unique position we assume as preachers.) I believe you will agree that
our congregations are a mixture of people from a cross section of life. Although the
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.