Sermon: “Bonded by Love”
All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017
Pastor Nick sings excerpts from “The Sermon on the Mount”
The congregation echoed the words that Jesus sweetly sounded in his original language of Aramaic in the second Beatitude: Lawile translated in the King James Version as “mourn” and Netbayun, “comforted.” The deeper meaning of these words is explored.
The sermon closed with “Gone from My Sight,” a poem by Henry Van Dyke, a mid-19th century American poet. The text of the poem is posted below the audio of the sermon.
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying…
*The names of the Sundays are taken from Pastor’s book, The Bible Through the Seasons: A Three-Year Journey with the Bible. There are thirteen Sundays in the season of Kingdomtide — autumn in the northern hemisphere, spring in the southern. Advent begins on December 2.