Every Sunday, thousands of preachers, choir directors, worship leaders, and others stand before congregations around the country to lead people in worship and to share the word of God. As a pastor of a fair-sized church, I often get complimented on how good the service was, or how much a sermon meant to someone, or how well everything came together in the service. If the person has a few minutes to talk, I always try to let them know that I do not do this all by myself. There is a worship planning committee that works hard to make sure everything fits together in the worship service.
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.