The verdict is read; the gavel drops and the trial is ended. The accused has been found either guilty or innocent. He/She is sent to jail or back into the world.
So too is the experience of worship. It is the ritual enactment of the cosmic trial of humanity. Jesus is the star witness who pleads for our acquittal in spite of our guilt. This is what we give thanks for on each and every Sunday. "It is only with the day of the Lord that all accusation ends and the trial
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.