It seems that no classical music producer can go wrong nowadays by promoting anything
that is titled something like the "Three Tenors" or the "Four Sopranos" or the "Five
Oboists" or whatever -- you get the idea. While a few churches will find themselves once
again embroiled in the musical struggle over how soon they should sail into the singing
of Christmas carols in worship during Advent, for most the time of waiting is over. Most
of us will find that at least as December hits we will not be able to hold back on dreaming
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.