Following a service at our church just before Christmas I saw one of our junior highs staring into the chalice that sits on the communion table. A large, single lighted cross in the chancel area marks our sanctuary. When I asked her what she saw, the young lady replied that the cross was in the bottom of the chalice. She observed to me that she suspected that was part of what Jesus wanted the disciples always to remember when celebrating the Eucharist, that the cross is at the bottom of every chalice.
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.