When one congregation finished its building project, the dedication team wanted to place
a sign with a verse from scripture over the door of each significant space. Worshipers
entered the sanctuary under words from Psalm 100: "Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise." As the younger crowd moved into the educational wing they
were greeted by Proverbs 1:7 -- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." At the
door to the counseling ministries was the great theme from Isaiah 40: "Comfort my
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.