"And so this is Christmas...." Bob Geldof's musical Band Aid gift to Africa ("Do They
Know It's Christmas" and other such songs) replays the ongoing crises of our times every
year in this season. Perhaps this will be the year when faith gives way to sight, and all
Christmas Eve services will be pre-empted by our Lord's return.
But if not, the texts for preaching this year are the great classics. Isaiah charges our
imagination with hope. Paul, in his memo scratched off to Titus, ties our hope to the
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.