Wednesday, April 29, 2009

May Our Hearts Burn Within Us

I didn't make it to the adult service at the Cathedral on Sunday but I heard from at least 3 people that Rev. George McCurdy gave a great sermon. I listened to it this afternoon and it was well worth the time.

The title of the sermon is "May Our Hearts Burn Within Us", which is a reference to the story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). In the story, "beginning at Moses and all the Prophets" the Lord "expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (27), and, in the sermon, McCurdy suggested some of the scriptures that the Lord might have talked about with the disciples. George McCurdy is well known for his great study guides to the minor prophets (which are all available for free at dovepress.org) and many of the scriptures he talked about were from the minor prophets. You can hear his knowledge and love for these lesser known scriptures in his explanation of them.

In the sermon he also talked about the importance of reflection (read a previous post about reflection) and he wrapped it up in a way that I found really hopeful and inspiring. I'll stop describing it now and let you just listen to it.

2 comments:

C. Augustus Barber said...

Thanks so much Malcolm for posting this.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sermon, and I'm not the best at really picking out what a sermon is about unless i'm told before hand and somewhere along the way - and He seemed to bounce around a great deal, but what I really appreciated about his sermon, and still do appreciate, is that he preached primarily from the WORD, and I feel like sermons in the cathedral are less likely to do that as they rely so much on overtly Swedenborgian theology and such and such - at least that's what I think, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Anyway - it was jut a wonderful time that left me feeling uplifted probably for the better part of the following week.

I plan to listen to it and type it out in my word processor so that I can have a hard copy of it. If you care to receive that document, let me know.

Thanks again for posting this, I definitely think it's one that should be heard by all.

C. Augustus Barber said...

Also, thanks for that dovepress link. I had no idea those existed, and it pleases me to know of them.