How many of us have joined hands around a blazing campfire on a beautiful summer evening, singing in unity with our fellow campers, "We are one in the Spirit, one in the Lord, and we pray that all unity may one day be restored, and they'll know we are Christians by our Love"? Unity and teamwork do not just happen. They require a dedicated band of disciples using whatever talents God has given to each one to contribute to the reaching of a goal or completion of a mission or task. Christian unity in our day is crucial as we move closer to the twenty-first century.
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.