You may have heard that there is a big wedding this week. Something about a royal family across the pond. What you may not know is that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, is preaching at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Yes, that’s right—your Presiding Bishop! He is, in my opinion, one of the finest preachers in the English language and you will want to hear him. He’ll likely talk about Jesus, joy, life, love, hope, God’s desire for us all and God’s dream. It will be something very lively for what is often a tightly wound and solemn event. His presence before millions of people around the world will be a “boost” for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. But, let me just say: we don’t hitch our wagons to popular culture, mass media, or fame. It’s not the way of Jesus. And the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry is not one to do such things. So, while the Episcopal Church might get some positive play in the news in the coming days, let’s remind ourselves that the preaching of the good news before all people is our work to do by the way we live our lives, use our words, tell people about Jesus, speak of the hope that is in us, and invite others into a community of life and love. This Sunday is Pentecost, a time we celebrate that the good news of Jesus is for all people, no matter their ethnicity, language, skin color, gender, sexuality, political party, income, immigration status, or religious background. Yes, the good news of Jesus is for all people and we’re the ones to proclaim it through word and deed. This Sunday we’ll celebrate the gift of God’s spirit in our lives to move us into life. We’ll celebrate those among us who are graduating, moving up, and moving out in their lives. And it’s a reminder—all of this, that this is exactly what God asks of each of us: Get up, get out, get going—because God is on the move. God will show up at this royal wedding, through the words of Michael Curry; God will show up as we celebrate, love and pray for our graduating youth; God will show up in word and sacrament, in the song and silence, in one another. And God does this good work so that you and I, together, might have life and have it abundantly.
See you Sunday,