An elderly minister once told me that through the years he had filed his sermons after preaching them on Sunday. After several decades his file was bulging with his old sermons. Occasionally, he would have the need to look up one of his old sermons. When he did so he would be drawn to look on the back side of the pages and would soon become absorbed in what he found written there. He discovered much fascinating material which he had possessed long ago but which had faded from memory. You see, his sermons had been typed on whatever paper he had at hand.
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.