Boys dressed in bathrobes portraying shepherds, a shy girl cast as Mary, alongside a giggling boy as Joseph are the staples for annual church Christmas programs for generations. Much has been written about pageants gone wrong, a miscue, a forgotten line, and the frequent humorous ad-lib brings smiles to our faces.
Nancy would be directing the Sunday school's annual pageant, as she has for several years. She typed out their lines and picked the children for the various roles. Rehearsals went well; the children were well-behaved and learned their lines.
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.