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Sermon: All Saints’ Sunday – November 2, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34: 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Holy!  Holy!  Holy!  We sing it every Sunday as if it’s only a high act of praise.  But sometimes it’s as if it’s a cry of longing, a moan of despair, rather than a shout of joy.  Holy!  Is God really holy!  Is there any holiness? Can I be holy?

The despair that is at the heart of contemporary life is not new.  An ancient Latin funeral inscription has it this way: Non eram, eram, no sum, non curo. “I was not, I was, I am not, I don’t care.”  Out of the depth of our fear of the future we find a place, an island, to which we can cling for a moment’s peace, a moment’s rest.  “I don’t care.  I just don’t care.”  And it’s nothing new. (more…)