There is always a page in the local newspaper that lists what is going on in all the different churches. I remember how one week the announcements included such things as "Come to our bake sale," and "Come to our car wash," and "Come to our craft show." But then on that page there was one small announcement that said, "If you want to find out about eternal life, come to our church this Wednesday at 7 p.m." It seems that it is so easy for churches to forget what their real purpose is. This passage reminds us of the centrality of forgiveness. -- Bowen
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.