In today’s sermon, Pastor Dottie talks about vulnerability. She draws from a couple quotes made by a thought leader of our time, Brene Brown. She said, “If we want greater clarity or deeper meaning in our spiritual lives, vulnerability is our path. Also, “Vulnerability sounds like truth, but feels like courage.” This means vulnerability is not always easy. We come to church as our vulnerable selves. Perhaps we have lost someone, or received a difficult health diagnosis, perhaps we’ve moved, or feel alone. We admit that we don’t have all the answers and aren’t always sure what to do. Listen to the full sermon for thoughts on how to find answers and enlist God’s help for life’s troubles.

Prelude: Messiah Medley by Handel/Edwards played by The Catalina Bell Choir

Postlude: Carillon on “People Look East” by Mark Himmelman

Scripture Isaiah 9:1-7

1 Nonetheless, those who were in distress won’t be exhausted. At an earlier time, God cursed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but later he glorified the way of the sea, the far side of the Jordan, and the Galilee of the nations.
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.
3 You have made the nation great; you have increased its joy. They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest, as those who divide plunder rejoice.
4 As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them, the staff on their shoulders, and the rod of their oppressor.
5 Because every boot of the thundering warriors, and every garment rolled in blood will be burned, fuel for the fire.
6 A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be vast authority and endless peace for David’s throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever.