Christ Church was a small country church -- only 75 members. It was part of a farming community. A community that was struggling just to make ends meet. The church was struggling too. More than once it looked like they would have to close their doors. They couldn't even afford a pastor. If it hadn't been for the generosity of the retired pastors in a nearby city they'd never have made it. Besides that, they needed a new organ. Theirs stopped and started whenever it wanted to. Then one day a letter arrived from a lawyer's office. The church had been left $2,000.00 to use as it saw fit.
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.