Preaching in Advent – some thoughts from Isaiah

Advent is swiftly approaching. Busy preachers may already be beginning to consider how they will shape the ancient message of expectancy for their congregations this year. After all, preaching hope can be a tricky task. This year congregations will be very aware of darkness and distress in our world. International conflicts and humanitarian crises make the world seem a dangerous and desperate place. Individuals within the parish may be journeying through personal darkness . . .