Texts: Isaiah 2:2-4; Luke 1:26-38
Note: Please see the postscript after the sermon from CMC member and OSU Department of Physics Lecturer Rick Leonard. He goes into more depth about the workings of sailing, corrects some poor physics in the sermon, and suggests another possible route for semonizing.
Back in August we had a family vacation by Lake Michigan. One of those days we took a ride on the Friends Good Will – a replica 1810 top sail sloop. Or, in words that I understand, a really cool, pretty old, good sized, sailboat. The original boat played an important role in the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes. The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven offers this ride as a way of experiencing what it’s like to be on such a boat, complete with an experienced crew running the ship and giving full commentary along the way. The out and back trip on the lake took about 90 minutes.
On the way out, the wind was mostly at our backs and we were mostly occupied with looking around the boat and watching the crew work the ropes on the sails. As we made the turn and...