The Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church near Tucson, Arizona, is noteworthy in that it is constructed on top of a former silo that had housed intercontinental ballistic missiles. When the SALT II Treaty was signed in 1981, that required the United States to eliminate its Titan II missiles. So the site where that church is was once one of those missile locations. But now the silo has been filled in and the ground has been smoothed, so that each Sunday a congregation is able to gather for worship a to pray for peace at a place that was once dedicated to war.
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.