Shall we or shall we not continue a certain ministry, program, or event in our congregation? Regardless of whether money, human resources, or time are plentiful or scarce, the question of commitment to a particular ministry or use of resources comes to the forefront of people's lives. We are back into the cycle of the autumn season and major holidays are just around the corner. Is our congregation doing an activity simply because it is expected to occur -- regardless of who is in charge or gets "stuck with organizing it"?
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.