A new person moved into the neighborhood. So a certain church member decided to go over and welcome the person to town. After talking a while, the church member thought that it would be a nice thing to invite that new neighbor to worship on Sunday, but she was not quite sure how to go about doing that, without appearing to be too pushy. But finally she said: "I go to a church here in town, and I was wondering if you were a Christian, too. But that new person got a horrified look on her face and said: "I hould say not. I`m not a Christian. I`m a Presbyterian.
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.