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Love is a Power

Love is a Power

Media outlets all over the world have been abuzz over Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding this morning of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The PB offered a sermon grounded in the redemptive power of love that drew heavily on the black experience.  Curry began and ended his address by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., and spent time on the legacy of slavery in between, quoting from the hymn “There is a Balm in Gilead.”

If you missed it, here it is.  You can check here for a full transcript. ALL 13 plus minutes of sermon video is here. And the Order of Service, here.

 


Still image: Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gives an address during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Owen Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS

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Playthell Benjamin

The best evidence of the power of the Bishop's sermon on love is that it moved a wretch like me. It was indeed an amazing grace, for I am a confirmed atheist who continues to wonder how reliegous belief survived the Age Of Reason...and have been so for over 60 years!

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Tom Hurwitz, Verger

Thank God for our Presiding Bishop who cleared the stuffy royal opinions like money changers from the temple. May he preach truth to power for decades to come

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Rod Gillis

The sermon was dyn-o-mite (!) as we fossils used to say on radio back in the day. Obviously there was no prior indication of what Bishop Curry would say; but based on his record as a preacher, it was pretty clear how this was going to go down. He did not disappoint. I just came from our parish Eucharist. The view from up here in the tundra is all about Curry's sermon.

I would not worry too much about the predictable reactive blurting on some of the more apoplectic Anglican sites. The press in the UK and the U.S. headlined Curry's sermon together with the celebration of African-American culture at the wedding. Even the Canadian media, which tends to be disinterested in religion, is running the story. Pentecost came a day early this year as far as I cam concerned.

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Michael Thorne

At times I’ve wondered unkindly whether our transatlantic Anglican cousins injected their clerics with embalming fluid to keep things in the “keep calm and carry on” mode of British decorum. Well it’s rather refreshing that we supplied a beautiful American bride and an electric preaching Bishop to the festivities today.

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S.R.Price

Great moment for the Gospel message and the Episcopal Church.However while ,surfing the online responses on various websites ,I notice the misinformation mechanism of ACNA and it's disdain for our Church and Bishop are in full attack mode.

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Ian Binns

Can you point me to some of these comments?

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S.R.Price

Might want to start at Anglican Ink

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Cynthia Katsarelis

Please don't post the links. This is a joyful day and while the trolls are out in full force, we don't need to highlight them. They are best ignored.

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