sermon: joy, poignant as grief

Isaiah 35.1-10; Psalm 146.5-10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 + In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. Today, as many of you know, is what we call Gaudete Sunday. It’s the Sunday when we move from the more somber themes of repentance and preparation towards joyful expectancy. Our dark violet vestments and altar frontal lighten…