I am pretty sure that you are tired of all the pictures, commentary, and gossip swirling around the most recent royal wedding. Despite that, I’m willing to risk mentioning the extraordinary nature of the day. The blend of cultural traditions, royal expectations, and modern touches made the day an unexpected delight.
For me as a preacher, it was Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church and former bishop of the NC Diocese that took me by surprise. In my opinion he used the pulpit well on Saturday. He held the attention of the guests, but also the world as he proclaimed the good news.
Bishop Curry crafted a unique message for the momentarily to be-wed-couple, but a message that our hurting world needed. The foundation of his message was the power of love. The first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” The second (commandment) is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself. Bishop Curry cast a vision of the kingdom of God that is urgently needed. “When love is the way…that is a new heaven, a new Earth, a new world, a new human family.”
The people of God have been aspiring to that vision for a long time. I remember a brilliant film that starred Sally Field called Places in the Heart. At the end all the characters in the film where in church around the Table of the Lord; the women and men, the black share cropper, the children, and the owner of the farm. Bound together by something more than farming, they were found sharing a profound meal with mutual respect and love.
People of every age have been trying to imitate the love of God. Bishop Curry’s message reminds us not to lose hope. As he mentioned “many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods down it out.” Amen, may it be so.
(If you haven’t seen a transcript, check it out: http://time.com/5283953/royal-wedding-sermon-transcript/ )