Thanks to Becky Smith for our scripture reading this morning, and to our own church member Jim Cossey for the wisdom about “Fourth Watch” that opened this passage for me. Today’s sermon is here:

Works Cited:

With thanks to Jim Cossey for the conversation about Fourth Watch while he was setting up the Yard Sale on Thursday, July 19.

Quotation from the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor’s sailor friend is published in her book The Preaching Life, (Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1993), p. 97.

Words on hope beginning in the darkness by Anne Lamott are published in her book, Bird by Bird, (New York: First Anchor Books, 1995), p. 34.

Sermon is followed in this recording by the hymn, “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” (Natalie Sleeth, 1985), No. 433 in the New Century Hymnal.