From the early years of the church people of faith have been responding to the call of the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews "not neglecting to meet together..." (Hebrews 10:25).
Marianne H. Micks in her little book, The Joy of Worship, notes the various places Christians have come together to worship and praise God. The first Christians met in homes, possibly in the home of leaders like Aquila and Prisca, people who were relatively well-off with enough room in their houses to accommodate at least a small gathering of brothers and sisters.
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.