Myrtle is the oldest member of the church who now resides in a nursing home. One Sunday someone brought her to church. As she entered the sanctuary it almost seemed like it was the first time she had been to church. Her memory was slipping at 96 years old. People made an extra effort to greet her. It was truly good to see this saint of the church. Whenever anyone asked how long she had been a member of the church she never gave an exact number of years. The pastor stated that it must have been over sixty years. Myrtle played an important role in the life of the 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.