Choir tryouts were a nerve-racking experience for the students. The day the choir was announced, Sandra sat with fingers crossed and legs that bounced to some unheard beat. Mr. Jackman, the director, came into the room and began to read the names to his new choir. Sandra's heart fell; her name had not been read. At the end of his recitation, Mr. Jackman read four more names. These four were set aside for special duty and training. They would be the four section leaders and as such would meet with Mr. Jackman each morning for one hour in preparation for the choir practice after school.
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.