The Rev. Wilbert S. Miller
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity-Manhattan
“No Longer Suffocated by Stuff”
July 31, 2016 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
(Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14; 2: 18-23; Colossians 3: 1-11; Luke 12: 13-21)
I once presided at a wedding where the bridesmaids were models from one of the world’s premiere modeling agencies and the ushers included a congressman, a former professional basketball player, and the CEO of an international company. The reception was held at an exclusive country club with a string quartet, roving musicians, and a rhythm and blues group you all know.
The groom’s childhood friend, a Presbyterian minister, preached at this exquisite affair. I remember his words: “This wedding is a fairy tale straight out of Camelot: gorgeous women, influential power-brokers, and topnotch musicians.” Precisely at that point, sensing a profound disparity between Presbyterian and Lutheran clergy, I gagged. And then the good reverend redeemed himself; he looked straight into the couple’s eyes and said, “But money can’t buy you love.” (more…)