What must I do to be saved? Most of the time we relegate these words to the
fundamentalists. "Saved" is a word that scares most mainline churches. Maybe it is
because some of us know, deep in our hearts, that though we are Christians there are still
pockets and whole territories within our lives that have yet to hear that the news is good.
One of the gospels points out that we are saved and that we are being saved. It is always a
both/and never just an either/or. We leave the gospel songs like: "Rescue The Perishing"
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.