The pop-rock band Chicago famously sang, "Does anybody really
know what time it is? Does anybody really care?" That song is not in my
hymnal -- probably not in yours, either -- yet those questions are
central for us and our congregations this weekend. For together we're
called upon to ponder the time.
We'll be conscious this Sunday that it is a certain time of year. With
some Thanksgiving leftovers still in most refrigerators, folks are
aware that it's the holiday season. And when they get to 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.