When the new church was built upon the ruins of the old church, a cornerstone was set in
place. It was a special cornerstone, in that inside the stone was a copy of the list of the
charter members of the congregation, a photo of the old church, a pictorial directory of
the present congregation, a congregational history, and Psalm 23 taken from the altar
Bible, that although badly burned in the fire still preserved several pages. The stone was
engraved with these words: I am laying in Zion a cornerstone, chosen and precious. Who
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.