The choir director and pastor were feuding. The pastor announced his sermon,
"Progressing In Service," for which the choir director chose the hymn, "I Shall Not Be
Moved." The next Sunday, the sermon was "Giving," and the hymn, "Jesus Paid It All."
Then the sermon was "The Sin Of Gossip," accompanied by the hymn "I Love To Tell
The Story." The pastor announced he was considering resignation, and the choir director
chose "Why Not Tonight?" The pastor resigned, saying Jesus had called him to a
different ministry. The hymn was, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."
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.