Joe Hale must be ranked as, technically, one of the worst Sunday school teachers ever
recruited. Of course, it was not easy to get a volunteer to face our boys' fourth grade
class. We were notorious.
Joe was not only at least seventy years old, but he believed education is at its best when
the teacher talks and the students sit and listen. Sitting still and listening intently were
skills not generally practiced by our class. In addition, Joe tended to deliver his Bible
lectures with his eyes closed! The first Sunday Joe taught our class, we left thinking the
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.