Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 8 December 2013: Year A, The Second Sunday in Advent
Time for a U-Turn!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
Let me take you out into the wilderness. Let me take you out of our own small, Palestinian town, along unfamiliar country roads, out beyond the farms and the good grazing. We follow a narrow track downwards- down below sea level into the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here few people live- a few soldiers on frontier duty, or strange, otherworldly sects such as Essenes of Qumran. But something is stirring in this wilderness, something strange is blooming in this desert. We are not the only ones who are curious enough to be going to see what’s going on.