One of the things I try to do as a parish pastor is to follow the example of Jesus. This is especially true for me when it comes to being a servant of those I've been called to work with. This means that I don't ask people to do things that I am not willing to try to do myself. That's why I make a point of helping with the dishes after a coffee hour, funeral luncheon, or church supper. I had been doing dishes in my new parish for several months before one member said to me, "You know, you don't have to do this. Our other pastors never did.
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.