I learned a lesson about humility early in my ministry as a church organist. I had been
asked not to play the state trumpet at this one church because the senior pastor did not
like it used. It was the loudest stop in the organ. Like any college student who thought,
"I'll show you who's the boss," I used that state trumpet the first Sunday of my playing
there as a fill-in for the month of August. Dr. Carter was quite upset with me following
worship. I laughed at him and said, "You're the pastor and I'm the organist. You do your
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.