Pastor Barb was often asked about what made her decide to become an ordained minister. A former accountant, she seemed a less than typical pastor in many ways. It wasn't that people didn't find her effective. She was very effective. They just couldn't figure out why she would give up being a partner at a large accounting firm to be a pastor. Her story was a simple one. She had become active in the church in college and had started to take her relationship with God and the church more and more seriously as she had gotten older. Accounting was her livelihood but not her life.
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.