How many times does someone share an idea in a Sunday school class or committee
meeting and people respond? Jessica read an article in the newspaper that she found
alarming. When people are released from prison after having served their time, there is
nowhere for them to turn for help or training. As a result, more often than not, the person
returns to a life of crime. She shared the distressing statistics with her Sunday school
class. She said that it was not acceptable. Someone asked if what she described was true
in the county jail just ten miles from their church.
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.