Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
This Sunday, as we mark both Easter, Passover, and Earth Day, we celebrate the miracle of resurrection, the wonder of renewal, the marvel that things seemingly long dead can spring to life once again. My sermon will explore how we might deepen our trust in the resurgence, the resilience, that is so much a part of the cycles of the earth and of life itself. In the challenges we face, can we come to truly trust, like the poet, that “all will come again into its strength”?
All will come again into its strength:
the fields undivided, the waters undammed,
the trees towering and the walls built low.
And in the valleys, people as strong and varied as the land.
And no churches
where God is imprisoned and lamented
like a trapped and wounded animal.
The houses welcoming all who knock
and a sense of boundless offering in all relations,
and in you and me.
No yearning for an afterlife,
no looking beyond,
no belittling of death,
but only longing for what belongs to us
and serving earth,
lest we remain unused.
- Ranier Maria Rilke
The choir will be singing “Rise Up My Love, My Fair One” by Healey Willan, as well as “Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” from the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms. In whatever ways you spend this long weekend, may you be filled with the possibility of renewal that comes with Spring’s arrival.
In faith and love, Shawn
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