The following was a “conversation” sermon at our 10:30 worship. Questions are included; answers are . . . well, you had to be here to experience this meaningful conversation! This will be our preaching mode at our later, 10:30 worship during Advent.
In his time–in fact immediately before this text–he spells out his own reality. Wars, abuse of power, poverty, starvation, corruption, violence. It is everywhere in his world. And yet he holds out this vision of hope, this word from God that is so vivid, so real, he can see it.
What similarities do you see between Isaiah’s world and ours?
And in the midst of all this, Isaiah dares to hold this vision up in front of us. Can you see it? Can you see what Isaiah is seeing?
When Isaiah’s vision from God comes among us, what will that look like in our time and culture?
What is our role as people who’ve been entrusted with this vision?
Martin Luther King Jr. In his Christmas Sermon for Peace, preached on Dec 24, 1967, he said:
Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you…. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
How can we begin to “beat our swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks”?
Use the reflection stations (prayers, kyries, painting, and font).
Use the painting station to depict in any way that works for you the difference God’s light shining in our world will make. Art, symbols, stick figures, whatever. Through the rest of the worship time. Share what you’re painting with those at the table with you.