a sermon at a time and place

Second Sunday after Epiphany | Texts: Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 | “Listen to me, O coastlands; pay attention, you peoples from far away!” The first reading we hear today from the prophet Isaiah is spoken not in the voice of God, but in the voice of the Servant, a character that is featured several times in Isaiah’s writings...

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unexpected and mysterious

The title of this blog - in which I share preaching and reflection - comes from an advent hymn of the same name. I treasure Unexpected and Mysterious because its text tells the truth about my deepest needs in the face of my deepest pain. Despite failure and weakness, in my personal life or in my work, God's tenderness and compassion hold me. I need this unexpected and mysterious grace...