Although she had been baptized as a baby, Danielle grew up in a family that didn't go to church. It was in college that some friends in the dorm invited her to come to worship with them. She began to go regularly and to find meaning in worship, especially in the messages. Still, there was a lot about church that she didn't understand. All the different ideas about Communion confused her the most. But then one Sunday morning as she went forward to receive the bread and wine an odd thing happened. As she ate the bread and drank from the cup she sensed a Presence that she had not felt before.
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.