As he started his sermon, the speaker foretold that this sermon would be very special for some people.
40 years ago I would have been alerted to look out for gems with such a prelude. Having sat through a number of such preludes that have failed to deliver, I was now braced for a repeat; I was vindicated. Others may have struck gold there, but I found the sermon tedious, repetitious and superficial. There were depths that could have been plumbed, but they were not.
More pondering, fewer self-reviews by sermon-givers.