The sight of David and his entourage singing and dancing before the ark to the accompaniment of lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals catches the attention along with the wet blanket response of Michal who frowned on such unkingly behavior. This scene has inspired a good many sermons encouraging congregations to loosen up and put some "joie de vie" into their worship. Lord knows, we need such encouraging, especially some of us New England church folk who have often been called "God's frozen people."
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.