Pastor Mary Beth’s Musings: May 24, 2018

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A Surprising SermonMary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Perhaps you are one of those who set your alarm and got up early Saturday morning to watch the wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle, broadcast across the world from Windsor Castle in England. I did not, but later in the day, I happened to be listening to a news broadcast that replayed their wedding vows. I was struck by the simplicity of their vows amidst all the pomp and pageantry of a “royal wedding.” They were the same vows I’ve heard repeated by countless other couples as I’ve presided over their “royal weddings.” They are vows about the love being experienced by the couple in the moment and about a commitment to continue to love from that moment on, in good moments and bad, straight paths and rocky, scarcity and plenty, sorrow and joy.

But while people are talking about the dress, the hats, the famous guests, what I will remember is the wedding homily by Bishop Michael Curry. (If you haven’t heard or seen it, it’s worth 14 minutes of your time!)

It was a stunner, unexpected by the millions who were watching—and probably by most of those in the chapel that day! The sermon, which was written to celebrate the love of the couple, reminded all that the essential teaching of Jesus, love of God and love of neighbor, has the power to transform the world. Bishop Curry invited his listeners to envision a time when we put aside petty hatreds, when we stop thinking about refugees as enemies, when we embrace our friends at home and abroad as neighbors. A time grounded in the love of God, which only becomes visible when we act in a loving manner, treating our neighbors as we ourselves would like to be treated.

Thanks be to God!

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!
Pastor Mary Beth