Sermon for 16 September 2012: A time for silence and a time for talk

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 16 September 2012: Year B, Proper 19

SERMON
Texts: James 3:1-12
Mark 8:22-30

A time for silence and a time for talk

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

The book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament contains the words of a philosopher who advises us that there is ‘the time for silence and the time for talk’ (Ecclesiastes 3.7). But knowing when to speak, and when to remain silent, is something we seem to find harder and harder. Some people seem surrounded by talk all the time- the TV is on in the house all day, and when they are not talking on their mobile, they are texting or emailing. But others, perhaps, have too much silence. There are too many people- many older people, for example- who spend their days alone, with no-one to talk to. Continue reading