Pastor Bill was struggling. His organist had been a poor musician but now that she had quit he had no musician at all. The supply of organists was tight. It could be months before he could count on having good musical accompaniment in worship.
The following week the church doorbell rang. At the door was a stocky man who spoke with a thick, Polish accent. "Can you tell me where Church of the Master is located?" he asked.
Pastor Bill gave him directions and asked him why he was looking for Church of the Master.
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.