When Christians gather for Sunday worship, it often seems we have arrived for a
"funeral." We sit stoically in our pews. We stand, sit, sing, pray unison prayers, listen to a
sermon, and then leave asking, "So where do we go for lunch?" Isaiah describes the
kingdom of heaven as a "party." As one reads the Old Testament, one discovers that God
planned a monthly "party" for his people at the temple. There are moments for reflection,
however, most of our worship belongs at a funeral home. We fail to really come to the
party and invite others to join in the celebration!
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.