At first it seemed that everyone was in favor of building the new church. Committees were formed, plans were drawn up, analyzed, and sent back for refinements. Then came the fund-raising campaigns, and suddenly there was some discontent. Voices started wondering if such a big church was needed or if the extended wing should be left out and built at a later date. When the church moved ahead and people were asked to pledge for the building project, several families simply left the church. They were not willing to be part of a difficult and costly project such as this.
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.