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November 12th, 2017

Sermon: Be Ready!

Sermon preached at St. James’ Episcopal Church at Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA on November 12, 2017

23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27) Year A, RCL: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78: 1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.  Amen.

Truth be told, I do love me a good wedding!  I love to attend weddings, and since being ordained, I really enjoy the opportunity to officiate at weddings.  As a long-time layperson who served on an Altar Guild, helping on many weddings, and now as a priest, I may not have seen it all, but I’ve experienced a lot: Brides who were late; groomsmen who got lost coming to the church; clothing malfunctions -- before, during, and after the wedding; jewelry being dropped in the exchange between the best man, or the maid of honor, and the priest; and members of the bridal party, and/or the parents, falling out in the aisle.  I’ve seen brides who cried, and more frequently, grooms who cried. 

Weddings bring out both the worst and the best of who we are as humans.

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