A Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost + Proper 15C
First Lesson: Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18
Second Lesson: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56

‚ú† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

m-5733Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

In April of 1965, a seminarian from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, published an article in The New Hampshire Churchman, the official magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. In the article, the seminarian wrote about his journey south into the black belt, describing in painful detail the types of atrocities that he and other activists experienced and worked to overcome during the Civil Rights Movement, acts of violence and oppression that good people endured simply because of the color of their skin. Continue reading