A pastor was eating dinner in a small restaurant next to the church where she would be conducting worship. As was her custom, she was dressed in her cleric shirt. Her waitress took her order and then came back to the table and asked, "Are you really a minister?" When she responded in the affirmative, the waitress said, "I wonder if you could do me a favor. I'll be glad to pay." Not knowing what to expect, the pastor nevertheless asked how she could help. "My mother's having an operation tomorrow. Can I pay you to pray for her?" "No," the pastor replied.
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.