Sermon preached at St. Thomas' Church, Bath, NY on August 14, 2022: Hebrews 11:29--12:2; Luke 12:49-56.
We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, the Letter to the Hebrews tells us. This is that truth that we claim in the Apostles’ Creed: I believe in the communion of saints.
He went to Harvard to do graduate work in literature. By this time his faith had waned. But on Easter Day 1962 he went to the Eucharist at Church of the Advent in Boston and found faith again. In his high school years he had toyed with the idea of ordained ministry, and now it became a calling he could not ignore.