A Sermon for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Sunday after All Saint’s Day + Year C
First Lesson: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Psalm 149
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:11-23
Gospel: Luke 6:20-31

✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

hamiltonFor a little over a year now, the world of musical theater has been shaken up and given new life by what some people are calling one of the greatest musicals ever written. Of course, I’m talking about the Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton, written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the musical, Hamilton chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of our country, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and the creator of our banking system. The narrative begins with Hamilton’s arrival in the British colonies only a few years before the start of the Revolutionary War and spans his entire life, culminating in that famous duel between himself and Aaron Burr.

Now, I haven’t seen the show. Relatively speaking, not many people have. It’s very hard to get tickets, and the show has only played so far in New York City and Chicago. But, if you listen to the cast recording of Hamilton, you’ll quickly notice that it’s very unique and unlike any other musical that you might have heard. The story is told not only through dialogue but also through a stylistic combination of hip-hop and rap and various other styles of music, making it accessible and entertaining to a wide variety of people. Continue reading