Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Text:  Isaiah 40:31

…those who hope in the Lord
 will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like ea
gles; they wiill run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

I can’t tell you the last time I had so much fun writing a sermon as this one.  To gain insights into this powerful text, we will be referencing the award winning movie, “Chariots of Fire” and one of my experiences as a certified flight instructor.  This text is all about soaring, and so we shall.

And what better way to soar that to read  William Blake? His poem “Jerusalem” is based on a legend that Jesus once came to England.  The climax to this uplifting anthem is the burning resolve to create the New Jerusalem, the City of God, out of the grim conditions of the English Industrial Revolution.  The choir sings:

Bring me my bow of burning gold! Bring me my arrows of desire! Bring me my spear O clouds unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire. I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem, in England’s green and pleasant land.

Is the social distancing or isolation getting to us?  Are our responsibilities at church  beginning to feel more like a drag than a lift?  Is reading the daily news staring to feel like a root canal?  Then what better way to address our dilemma than to soar with the eagles, with Isaiah, with William Blake, and with God’s Spirit?

And finally, after all these noble thoughts, we will also learn the answer to a most pressing question:  “Who is more content?  The woman with five children, or the woman with five million dollars?” 

Join with us this Sunday. 

—Paul