On the Sunday that Ray and Karen joined the church, Lois shared her hesitancy to visit
first-time guests to the church. She said that when the pastor told of a new program to
visit guests she thought he was crazy and that it would not work. In spite of her
reservations, Lois and her husband agreed to be part of a team to make visits.
Lois and her husband visited with Ray and Karen on the Sunday afternoon after they
visited the church for the first time. Lois would look for them and make a point of talking
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.