A pastor tells of a woman who participated in dramatic readings from the Passion during
Holy Week. While many churches have been holding such services for many years this
was the first time for that particular church. As a member of the congregation,
representing the crowd, she was supposed to shout, "Let him be crucified!" Saying those
words is often a significant moment for those who take part. There are some people
whose faith has been kindled, or rekindled, at that moment.
After the service, several people were standing around at the coffee hour talking about
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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.