The Past is Present

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, November 27, 2016, the first Sunday of Advent.

 Texts: Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44



In the fantastic 1987 film The Princess Bride, self-proclaimed genius, Vizzini, says for the umpteenth time, “Inconceivable!” and the sobered up-revenge-seeking swordsman, Inigo Montoya, replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


As we enter into this new Christian year and the season of Advent, our focus here at Foundry is on prophecy—and particularly what it means to be a prophetic witness.  The word “prophetic” gets used a lot these days, assigned to all sorts of words and actions.  Sometimes I wonder whether that word doesn’t mean what we think it means.  For example, some will say that pastoral ministry isn’t prophetic ministry.  Some will think of “prophetic” as something mainly don [...]