1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
As the autumn progresses, we will predictably see and hear a multitude of geese making their way from Canada and the northern United States southward to warmer climates. Ornithologists call this “The Atlantic Flyway,” and they estimate more than 600,000 geese will make their way through these parts this autumn. These geese do not fly alone; they need one another to travel the way. And so there are certain habits which the geese teach each succeeding generation:[i]
1 Thessalonians: 5: 1-11
Psalm 27: 1-6, 17-18
Luke 4: 31-37
Two stories. Two very different places. Two very different outcomes. But both connected with the thread of tonight’s gospel reading.
The first took place here in this chapel one Tuesday night a number of years ago. I had preached. Now it was perhaps not one of my more brilliant sermons, but I thought that I had a point to make, and that I made it moderately well. Afterwards someone came up to me and said, “James, just because you say it’s so, doesn’t make it so.” Clearly it had not been one of my more brilliant sermons. It doesn’t matter how passionate we are; nor how brilliant our argument; nor how forcefully we speak; just saying something is so, does not make it so.