I often spend quite a lot of time on sermon titles. They are frequently questions, which I then endeavour to answer in the sermon, and if they aren’t questions they almost always provide direction for me. Every now and then I am very pleased with a sermon title; this Sunday has such a title.
We tinkered with the Lectionary texts to “allow” us to light the Christ candle today (neither church had a Christmas Day service) and I wanted the texts to fit the candle lighting part. As it turned out, providentially no doubt, I still had some things I wanted to say about Christmas which were drawn from our Titus reading. One of the reasons I like the sermon title is its ambiguity. The ambiguity is what gave direction to the sermons because we talked about Jesus, the gift of Christmas; the Christmas season, the gift of Christmas; and, God’s mercy and salvation, the gift of Christmas. I can’t remember the last time, if it ever happened at all, I had a three-pronged sermon title.