A retired pastor was visiting one of the churches he served years ago. Since his pastorate
twenty years ago the church has experienced a steady decline. The membership has
grown older with fewer people participating in the life of the church. In the midst of
visiting and reminiscing about the past he was introduced to a young man who was a
student at the nearby college.
The young man told him that the next Sunday he would be baptized and would join the
church. He said he was looking forward to being baptized; his entire family would be
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.