It's quite a few weeks before Christmas, but this Sunday's sermon may evoke a pivotal
character from Charles Dickens' classic novel, A Christmas Carol.
Jacob Marley had been the friend and financial partner to Ebenezer Scrooge for many
years, until his death. Marley had died on Christmas Eve, exactly seven years prior to the
start of Scrooge's story, where Dickens begins to tell it. After the reader has been duly
introduced to the character of Scrooge, the Jacob Marley character, appearing as a ghost,
enters the story.
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.