Ray Gaylord pastored the Cascade Christian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for more than 30 years. In that time many strange and wonderful things happened, but none so unusual as the acquisition of a camp for the congregation.
A certain woman visited the church on rare occasions. The congregation received her warmly, as they did every visitor. Pastor Gaylord visited her in her home, as he did every visitor. As per standard congregational operating procedure, she was put on the mailing list to receive the church's weekly newsletter.
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.