The Good City
31/01/2012 St John’s College, Durham Communion service. Candlemass service
Worship Leader: David Goodhew
Preacher: Andrew Lunn
Texts: Nehemiah 2 & Luke 2:21-40
The sermon took the story of Nehemiah and considered how Jerusalem, the city of the Israelites, could be understood. First, in Nehemiah’s mind the vision of the utopian Jerusalem, a great city where all would prosper and enjoy life. Then there is Jerusalem, the city of God. The next is the city of human government, power and influence – a threat or a power for good. And finally there is the city of Jerusalem as it is in reality. This was as far as I got in listening because I was taken up with this idea and was away with my own thoughts.
Probably the image is a pretty good reflection of the sermon and I could say more about it but perhaps it is best left for you to interprete.