Gathered around Jesus in Luke's narrative of the Sermon on the Plain are the representatives of two classes that so often in history have only met at the barricades: the rich and the poor. In the opening words of his sermon Jesus comforts the poor and warns the rich. Luke does not mention the middle class, but they are certainly there also. Peter, James and John had left behind profitable fishing enterprises whose catches were probably sold in all the upscale delis of Jerusalem. The church for whom Luke wrote included such a cross section of urban society in the first century.
I've had many reports of the Remembrance Sunday service held at Dickleburgh (in Norfolk, England) this year, mostly about the preacher. Since Dickleburgh has a historic connection with the Americans from the time of Second World War, they always invite the American Air Base at Mildenhall in Suffolk to join them for the service, and always invite the current American air force chaplain to preach.
On the Sunday afternoon following Thanksgiving, when I was in seventh grade, it began to snow. It started slowly and undramatically -- much like any number of other snows I had experienced growing up in Detroit. The sky turned the shade of dirty wool and the flakes danced through the wind as in one of those glass balls that you invert. Little by little the sidewalks whitened, and soon the neighborhood was alive with the rasping sound of shovels. Before long the roads were filled and you could no longer see the curb.