A struggling congregation, unable to find a new pastor who would accept their Letter of Call, slowly saw attendance and interest in the parish wane. In an attempt to get the attention of fellow members, a young adult wrote for the newsletter an article titled: "St. John Votes To Close." In the story the glorious 125-year history of the congregation was reviewed. The opportunity for ministry within its membership and the community was laid out in a vision of what might have been. The response was immediate! People rose up in anger, attacking the author of the phantom closing.
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.