7.6/2011 St John’s College Valedictory Service held in Durham Cathedral.

Preacher: David Wilkinson

Text: John 2:1-11

The main thrust of the sermon is that it is possible to change the world through the power of God at work through the ordinary.

Other scriptures came to my mind:

“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (2 Cor 4:7 NRSV)

“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. 21 If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work” (2 Tim 2:20-21 RSV)

To my mind this resonates with the John 2:1-11 passage which is about the stone jars being set apart for ceremonial purposes being filled with new wine (symbolic of the Holy Spirit). The Ordinary becomes extraordinary because of the power of God filling the ordinary.


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