The church had an annual garage sale that took two weeks to set up and sometimes earned as much as $20,000. There was a huge room dedicated to clothing, another room for books, another room for tools, another room for computers and gadgets of all sorts, and a room for sports equipment. Each year there was always a large array of exercise equipment: stationary bikes, treadmills, stair-steppers, weight sets, and the like. The man in charge of that room jokingly said that he was going to lease all that equipment each year because it came back the next year anyway.
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.