The choir reluctantly agreed to sing at the local nursing home on a Sunday afternoon.
Some of the choir members thought this was a great idea, an opportunity to share their
music with people at the nursing home who are unable to attend church. Others did not
want to participate, saying they already gave up their Wednesday evenings for choir
rehearsal. And now they were being asked to give up a Sunday afternoon.
Dan, the choir director, explained that this would not be a recurring, but a once and done
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.